Challenges facing the implementation of gender policy at the Municipal Council of Mavoko

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The development of a gender mainstreaming policy by the Municipal council of Mavoko was culminated by the persistent discrimination of women and inequality between men and women globally and locally. The policy was meant to promote gender equity and equality. The policy was developed to address gender needs and concerns in the council. This study was conducted with the aim of understanding the challenges the Municipal Council of Mavoko may be facing in the implementation of it is gender policy. The study has borrowed heavily from the council's gender policy specifically the issues the council has committed to undertake to mainstream gender at the workplace. The study collected data through extensive literature review and analysis of the relevant secondary literature. Later, a questionnaire was administered to 76 respondents who included the councilors, chief officer and junior employees of the Municipal Council of Mavoko. The councilors and the chief officers were automatically included in the sample population because they were few in number. The junior staffs were selected using stratified simple random sampling. From the study findings, staff promotion and fair labor practices were the strongest challenges facing the implementation of gender policy at the Municipal Council of Mavoko. Sexual harassment at the work place was the least challenge. It was also interesting to note that, majority of the respondents were non-committal on whether commitment by the top management was a challenge.

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