Manzini leads by Example in Gender Programming

Date: May 13, 2014
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The Municipal Council of Manziniâ??s gender mainstreaming programme is still at its formative years. Most activities done are towards changing the mindsets of Council as a whole and this is because the issue of Gender Equity is relatively a new concept for the Swazi nation as it a patriarchy. A majority of people still hold the view that gender equity is both Unswazi and against biblical teachings. Council, with technical assistance from Gender Links Swaziland has done a lot of education to leaders, management and the general public residing within the urban residents. This has helped in introducing a different perceptions of men and women as well as gender roles. It is difficult to measure how far the people are applying the information, but I can safely say that it will take some time to unlearn all the former ideas about men and women. What is an advantage is that we have women at the helm of the institution, the CEO, the Mayor, the Deputy Mayor and City Treasurer are all women.

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