Manjakandriana COE Institutional profil

Manjakandriana COE Institutional profil

Date: November 1, 2013
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The council of Manjakandriana worked with Gender Links since 2009 when Gender Links  started research on Gender and Local Government “At the Coalface” in Madagascar.

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed on 7th May 2010. The key outputs have been  the buy in for the different stages for the Centre of Excellence. A Gender Action Plan was  developed and approved. The verification was associated with a meeting at the town council  for the presentation of the summit. Hundreds of people were coming for the verification  process.

The mayor of the Manjakandriana is very engaged in the implementation of the council’s  gender and GBV action plan.
It was pointed out that the meeting would take place not only with the Mayor but with high  officials of the locality as well so that focus group discussion could take place. Among the  participants there were doctors, nurses, trainers and stakeholders in different fields.

The Council has been formally involved with Gender Links when research was done for the  book gender and local government.

In March 2010 Manjakandriana formed part of  the Malagasy delegation of the Gender Justice  and Local Government Summit. The gender  concept is so well understood that Gender Links  can be proud that both men and women not  only work hand in hand in this locality but  stereotypes are being challenged. “There is no  male job or female job. With the support and all  the training we got from Gender Links, there  are now six women head of fokontany (village)  and four women deputy head of fokontany on  the 24 fokontany that we have in the locality”  said the Mayor proudly. “As far as we know  there are no HIV positive people in our  community. We do lots of awareness and  advocacy campaigns and encourage people to  do voluntary testing. But if ever we have to care  for HIV positive person be it a man or a woman  we will do it with pleasure,” said some of the male participants.

“As shown by the notes of meeting there is a monthly meeting on Gender Based Violence  and both women and men participate as they want to make sure that GBV is a crime against  their community”. The Councils gives training to women on production of honey, embroidery  and over and above the big annual fair where women can sell their products special stall  have are made available to women throughout the year. The Council has recruited as  community police as there is no police station in that locality but the council works in close  collaboration with a shelter for survivors to make sure that the survivor does not go back to  violent relationship until the problem has been resolved. “Survivors are encouraged to talk  and there are now more and more women coming forward to talk about their traumatic  experiences.”

The main challenges are water, toilet and electricity. Some of the houses do not have these  three basic necessities and families have to share toilets among themselves. The Mayor  cannot agree more that women and children suffer more when there is a lack of these basic  facilities. She is therefore taking prompt action to provide slabs so that families can dig holes  and make their own toilets.

The performance of the council may be improved through the funding of the association of  women’s projects and the strengthening of monitoring and evaluation.


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