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Women and Local Government

Gender Advocacy Programme

  • Program Civil Society
  • Program Area Special Initiatives
  • Grant Amount $70,000
  • Grant Period July 1, 2006–December 31, 2007
  • Location Cape Town, South Africa
  • Geographic Focus Western Cape, Province of the

About this grant

The Gender Advocacy Programme promotes a gender-just society in South Africa that helps marginalized communities, particularly women, to gain social, economic and political equality. This grant will enable the Gender Advocacy Programme to continue to build the capacity of municipal officials, politicians, civil society organizations and members of target communities to understand and prioritize issues affecting women in local planning processes.Recently, the Women and Local Government project has worked to raise the awareness of women in the Western Cape about the role and function of local government and how to hold elected representatives accountable. The programme also conducted research and policy advocacy at the national level on how to strengthen women’s participation in local government.