Lupane Local Board encouraged to operationalise Gender Policy.

Women’s Institute for Leadership Development (WILD) facilitated a Gender Policy Institutionalisation meeting with personnel from Lupane Local Board. Participants who attended the meeting shared mutual understanding on the need for organisations and institutions to have policies which provide a roadmap for their day-to-day operations.

Speaking at the meeting, WILD Programs Manager Permanent Ngoma highlighted that there is a need for the local authority to fully implement the gender policy as many good organisational policies fail to work because of failure to effectively implement.

“It is of paramount importance for the local authority to ensure that the gender policy is not only on paper but it is fully and effectively implemented. This will assist staff and stakeholders to apply organisational progress and results in line with gender equality,” said Ngoma

Siphilisiwe Ncube, who was facilitating the training highlighted that organisations should have gender policies as they are key in addressing developmental issues in communities.

“A gender policy is very helpful in accelerating efforts to address gender inequalities across all key pillars and strategic pillars of the local authority. These policies address gender inequalities which is key in addressing issues such as poverty,” highlighted Ncube.

She went on to share strategies that the local authorities can employ so as to ensure effective implementation of the gender policy.

“There is a need for the local authorities to have a gender action plan and a monitoring and evaluation framework. This will ensure that the gender policy is fully and effectively implemented. This will lead to gender-sensitive initiatives, equal access to resources, and opportunities for the development of society,” said Ncube.

The participants at the meeting were in agreement that there is need for establishing pro-gender and pro-poor institutional structures that constitute the gender machinery and to allocate clear responsibilities in order to support the effective implementation of the gender policy.

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