Summit 2018- Qibing Council COE

Date: August 8, 2018
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Qibing Council is found in Ha Ralints’i village in the Mafeteng District and has joined COE in 2015.

The council has gender policy and action plan that incorporates the Post 2015 SADC Gender Protocol, SDGs and other relevant targets. It is well known and has a high profile champion within the Council. The council chairperson and deputy are both men, within the three committees that council have two are chaired by women.

Projects within the Council are mostly run by women; and about 51%-75% of women participate in all the public meetings and are part of any decisions taken and some of the committee which they are involved are associations, support groups, and council plans.

Of the total workforce, the council has 54% women, which 30% are youth, 4% people living with the disabilities and 20%   middle aged women. The council secretary is a women and she is an overseer of the council. The accounts clerks and physical planners are women. This makes 60% of management as women.

The council provide maternity and nursing hours. For example, for someone who is breastfeeding, one gets to work at 9:00am and leaves at 3:00pm. Also as provided for in the Labour Code of Lesotho all staff members are awarded leave on issues of health as well as compassionate leave to attend the funeral of close relatives.

The council is accessible to people and people living with the disability as there trails of wheelchairs on entrance.

Qibing Community Council allocated budget to gender-related projects for 2017 to 2018.

Category Budget 2017 Budget 2018
Resources allocated to promoting gender equality in decision-making and public participation $2 500 $3 500
Resources allocated to promoting gender equality/family friendly/ youth and disability friendly policies and practices $3 000 $3 500
Resources allocated to gender-responsive local economic development $20 000 $40 000
Resources allocated to promoting gender/youth/PWD responsive projects on climate change $10 000 $14 000

As part of the local economic development; the council has built the bus-stop at vanrooyen and six market stalls are allocated to women and two for men. There are also 25 shacks, 20 are allocated to women since they engage in catering businesses and five for men.

For climate change and sustainable development the council is working with different stake holders where both women and men are engaging in recycling, tree planting, over grazing management waste management and improved vegetation and pastures.

When allocating land, the council has agreed upon giving the formC naming both husband and wife when married. And also there is Ralints’i Hermon Water project: there is clean available.

The council encourages women to take responsibility with their lives by forming associations. Also by promoting good health to women in the case of HIV/AIDS.

Click here to read more about the Qibing Community Council.

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