Zambia – Nyimba Town Council

Date: July 19, 2018
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The Nyimba District is a district of Zambia, located in the Eastern Province. The capital lies at Nyimba. As of the 2010 Zambian Census, the district currently has a population of 99,159 people.

The council has drafted the gender work place policy and is awaiting approval. The council has 18 councillors, 16 being male and only two of them are women. The council is working towards improving gender mainstreaming and promoting gender equality.

There are four committees within the council, by which one of them is chaired by a female. The council is working towards increasing the number of women, youth and people with disabilities (PWD) within the council.

Young people, people with disabilities and community members participate in community-based planning projects and meetings. Between 26 and 5 percent, women participate in public consultations. These include public campaigns on waste management, for instance ‘keep Nyimba clean campaign.’

The council has employed 15% women, 39% men and 46% youth. The management has a total of six women. The Deputy Treasurer is a woman. The council encourages its staff to further their studies in non-traditional areas. The council has, so far, only one male officer in the finance department.

The council has provisions for maternity leave and paternity leave. Maternity leave takes up to six months while paternity leave takes only a month. The council has no policy against sexual harassment. No cases of such have been reported previously and cat present. However, if such case was to be reported it could be dealt with using the condition of service, which is the disciplinary action that is part of the council rules for all its staff.

Nyimba Council has allocated a budget to support gender-related projects from 2015 and 2016.

Category Budget 2015 Budget 2016
Resources allocated to promoting gender equality in decision-making and public participation $9 000 $12 000
Resources allocated to promoting gender equality/family friendly/ youth and disability friendly policies and practices $0 $2 000
Resources allocated to gender-responsive local economic development $109 000 $143 500
Resources allocated to promoting gender/youth/PWD responsive projects on climate change $10 000 $20 000

As part of the of the Council’s local economic development plan, it provides 90 stands for women, 50 stands for men and also 50 stands for young people to use as their market stalls. In this manner, the Nyimba residents will gain income and entrepreneurship skills, while also contributing to the council’s GDP (gross domestic product).

The council has drafted a climate change policy. Seeing that the climate keeps changing, the council works with women, youth and people living with disability in waste management to try and keep the council clean and also mitigate the causes of climate change.

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