Summit 2016-Ramapepe Council COE

Date: August 3, 2018
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Ramapepe Council is the first council that was introduced to the COE process and the council had no interest in gender issues, but it has learnt so much and they have changed the way they have been operating including council’s committee.

The council has put in place a number of gender-related policies to guide its work. The district council consist of 12 male councillors and 9 female councillors. The council aims to expand its percentage of female councillors from 43%. The Mayor, as well as the Deputy Mayor of the council are males.

The council is made up of three committees, two of which are chaired by woman. There are more women employed than men in their Workforce of the council.

Young people, people living with disabilities (PWD) and community members participate in community-based planning projects and meetings. Between 51 and 75 percent, women participate in public consultations.

The total workforce of the council employees consist of 70 percent women. Women are only two of management. The accounting and revenue officers are women. The Council amended the recruitment, selection and promotion policies to increase the proportion of women in the workforce. Women are given land tittles to access loans as men.

There are provisions for maternity and paternity leave. The council does have a sexual harassment policy. In cases related to Sexual harassment, they are usually reported whenever to police whenever they occur.

The Ramapepe Community Council allocates a substantial budget to gender-related projects, these amounts have increased from 2015 to 2016.

Category Budget 2015 Budget 2016
Resources allocated to promoting gender equality in decision-making and public participation  $352  $564
Resources allocated to promoting gender equality/family friendly/ youth and disability friendly policies and practices  

$4 000



Resources allocated to gender-responsive local economic development  $16 210  $9 937
Resources allocated to promoting gender/youth/PWD responsive projects on climate change  $9 867  $2 114

As part of the of the Council’s local economic development plan, women are allocated market stalls the same way as men. There are 138 beneficiaries benefiting from jobs created by the council, 70 women and 68 men.

Women, men, PWD, and youth are involved in the planning, management, and maintenance of water and sanitation. There is a total of 122 water and sanitation committees. There is 58 women and 64 men on the committees, 16 of which are chaired by a women.

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