BRANCH : Women’s Empowerment & Gender EqualityAdvocacy and Gender Mainstreaming QUARTERLY REPORT 4th Quarter 2012/13 January –March 2013
PROGRAMME OBJECTIVES To facilitate and coordinate women’s empowerment and gender equality through mainstreaming in all government’s policies, programmes and governance processes as well as advocating, lobbying and awareness raising
BRANCH CHALLENGES REQUIRING INTERVENTION Referrals to implementing Departments for project funding and technical support are not timeously attended to; and this often lead to missed opportunities for women projects. Lack of sufficient human capacity and requisite skills Lack of sufficient funding to effectively implement operational plan Ad hoc tasks / supplementary tasks
PROGRAMME OBJECTIVEMonitoring and Evaluation: WEGE Facilitate the translation on national and international Commitments into empowerment and socioeconomic development programmes, as well as to oversee and report comprehensively on the national realisation of women’s rights and progressive realisation of equality. To promote, facilitate and monitor the realisation of the rights and dignity of all women to enable them to reach their full potential in an inclusive and equitable society.
INSTITUTIONAL SUPPORT AND CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME OBJECTIVES To provide an integrated approach for institutional support and capacity development through provision of institutional support and facilitation of capacity development across the spheres of government, civil society and the private sector
SECRETARIAT MAIN ACHIEVEMENTS • Consolidated list of Council members finalised • Appointment letters for Council members finalised and distributed • National Council Strategy drafted in consultation with Office of the Deputy President • National Council On Gender-based Violence established • 365 Days National Plan of Action reviewed and costed, preliminary work • 5 year Funding proposal compiled and submitted to UN for consideration • Terms of Reference for the National Council reviewed for Council consideration • First meeting of the inaugurated National Council facilitated and coordinated • Progress reports on the work of the Secretariat compiled • Speaking notes for various speaking engagements of the Minister compiled • Presentations made to different fora on the purpose of the National Council • Tracking of progress with regard to reported cases of GBV
BRANCH CHALLENGES REQUIRING INTERVENTION Lack of sufficient human capacity and requisite skills at departmental and provincial levels Referrals to implementing Departments for project funding and technical support are not timeously attended to, and this often lead to missed opportunities for women projects Lack of sufficient funding to effectively implement operational plan