12 November 2012

Zambia: Chingola Formulates Gender Action Plan

CHINGOLA Municipal Council has formulated a Gender Action Plan aimed at giving equal opportunities to both men and women at the work place.

Council focal point person Laura Munkanta said the action plan would bring fairness in the way the council was handling gender related issues.

Ms Munkanta said in an interview that the council was enrolled in the Gender Links Centre of Excellence hence the resolve to formulate the Gender Action Plan.

"Our target is to ensure that we meet many of the key points in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Protocal on gender because at the moment we cannot manage to meet the stipulated 28 SADC Protocal targets," she said.

With the formulation of the Gender Action Plan, she said, the rights of male and female employees would not be trampled upon.

The advantage of formulating a Gender Action Plan at a place of work was that it gives equal training and promotion opportunities to both genders.

Ms Munkanta said the plan would help to curb the escalating gender based violence (GBV) in Zambia.

The council which is a service provider institution had started implementing the plan by ensuring that 30 per cent of women own land. The council is involving the women in the 'Make Chingola Clean' exercise.

"In implementing the action plan, we have visited a number of vulnerable institutions such as orphanages and prisons where we donated various items with the view of helping these institutions which house more victims of GBV," she said.

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