July 2018: Lusaka City Council Launches Social Inclusion and Gender Policy

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The approval and launch of the SIGM Policy is a major milestone for both Lusaka City Council (LCC) and the LWSSDP as it crystallises LCC’s long term commitment to social inclusion and gender.

CowaterSogema worked extensively with LCC over this past few years to get it to the point that the City of Lusaka approved it and made it official.

The LCC Social Inclusion and Gender Mainstreaming (SIGM) Policy was launched on 19 June 2018. Dignitaries at the event included the Deputy Mayor, Town Clerk, Permanent Secretaries (PS) of the Ministry of Local Government and the Ministry of Gender, the Deputy Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MCC and the CEO of MCA Zambia.

Present were also invited guests from various stakeholder organisations (civil society, private sector etc.).

The purpose of the Policy is to ensure that LCC promotes and maintains a conducive and enabling working environment and that its services are of high quality and reach all of the intended clients, regardless of sex, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, age, education level, socio-economic status, mental or physical disability or other identity factors
Expected impact of the Policy:
• Internal: An enabling workplace environment for social inclusion and gender mainstreaming created at LCC.
• External: Service delivery and community services are increasingly responsive to the needs and priorities of LCC’s diverse client base (individuals and communities)
• The Policy is accompanied by a detailed Implementation Strategy, which allows LCC to draw up costed action plans to implement SIGM.
The policy announcement is included in the LCC newsletter attached in the PDF.

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