n Journal of African Elections - The rights-based approach to local government development and service delivery : putting women (back) in the centre of attention

Volume 11, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1609-4700



A telephone survey of municipalities throughout South Africa undertaken in May 2010 by the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) produced a baseline of the status quo with regard to local government responses to gender equality and women's empowerment across six key municipal indicators: capacity, policy, strategies or plans, integrated development plans (IDPs), service delivery and budget implementation plans (SDBIPs) and performance management (PM). The article poses three key questions relating to the findings:

Against the backdrop of developmental local government, what is the mandate of local government as far as gender equality and women's empowerment are concerned?
Taking into account the survey results, what does a rights-based approach to local government mean?
If local government does not, at present, adequately address the gender equality concerns of women as a group, what do we need to do differently to see different results?

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