Zambia – Monze Council

Date: July 13, 2018
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Monze is a small in the Southern Province of Zambia and it is about 180 km south-west of Lusaka. It is the administrative centre of Monze District .Monze District is a district of Zambia, located in Southern Province.

The Gender Work Place Policy was recently approved by Council and what it has so far achieved is mainstreaming gender issues and HIV/AIDS in feeder road rehabilitation and construction works. It has also facilitated women empowerment by way of purchase of hammer-mills for three women clubs for income generation activities. The council has 22 councillors, and only one of them is a female.

The council has four committees, and none of those are chaired by women. The Monze Council is working towards increasing the number of female councillors, youth and people living with disabilities (PWD). The aim is to try and attain gender equality.

Young people, people with disabilities and community members participate in community-based planning projects and meetings. Between 0 and 25% women participate in the public consultations. In the training of rural water point committees, women have actively participated in decision making as regards to management of water points.

The council has employed a total percentage of 50% men, 29% women, 20% youth and 1% PWD. There are 2 women in the council’s management. There has been significant progress made as regards to women in decision making positions, starting with the Chief Executive Officer being a woman, followed by Council Treasurer who is also a woman.

There are provisions for maternity leave and paternity leave. The council has no policy against sexual harassment. Monze Council has not had sexual harassment cases reported to management, however, cases of this nature reported in other departments outside the Council are reported to the police and a non-governmental organisation called Law and Development Association (LADA), a parallel legal local non-governmental organization. The council ism disability-friendly. The newly constructed Council Chamber has a ramp for wheelchair users.

Monze Council has allocated budget for gender equality from 2015 and 2017.

Category Budget 2015 Budget 2016
Resources allocated to promoting gender equality in decision-making and public participation $20 000 $43 690

The council has completed constructing 56 market stands at Hamusonde Market. Women will be allocated to these market stands. The Council obtained seven hammer-mills for women clubs to enable them engage into income generating activities.

The Council currently has no policy on climate change but is implementing projects aimed at mitigating and increasing the adaptation capacity of communities severally impacted by effects of climate change. Women have been involved in the identification of projects and in the facilitation of needs assessment. Approximately seven projects have been appraised and await funding.

Women, men, PWD, and youth are involved in the planning, management, and maintenance of water and sanitation. There is a total of 40 water and sanitation committees. There are 10 women and 30 men on the committees. Women chair a number of five water and sanitation committees.

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