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Improving the Environment and Community Safety in the Sol Plaatje Municipality of South Africa - a Gender-sensitive Approach

Publisher: Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency
Publication Date: Jan 2007
The urban planning process in the Sol Plaatje Municipality of South Africa was the first in the area to actively promote awareness among women and introduce mechanisms and policies for women's participation. The project Steering Committee adopted a 30 per cent minimum quota for women's participation in the planning process. In addition, councillors, officials and community leaders and members received training on gender issues and approaches, which motivated them to deal with gender as a cross-cutting issue. A training needs assessment was conducted, and training was subsequently provided which included gender sensitisation alongside training on tree-planting techniques, greening, pavement construction and construction processes. The project involved training, skills transfer and the establishment of small business, with a special focus on women's employment opportunities. Seventy-eight workers were employed for the project, which, in addition to contributing to a better environment in the area, also equipped the workers with valuable knowledge and experience for future contracts. A gender mainstreaming approach to this project established a sound base for subsequent gender mainstreaming in the municipality.