Traditionally, women have been custodians of natural resources in the rural areas, and they are also the people who suffer most from degradation of water and other natural resources.
|Title||Gender policy for department of water affairs and forestry|
|Year of Publication||1999|
|Authors||ZA, SAfrica. De|
|Pagination||26 p. : fig., tab.|
|Publisher||South Africa, Department of Water Affairs and Forestry|
|Place Published||Pretoria, South Africa|
|Keywords||gender, government organizations, implementation, institutional aspects, objectives, policies, sanitation, sdiafr, sdigen, south africa, water management, water supply|
Traditionally, women have been custodians of natural resources in the rural areas, and they are also the people who suffer most from degradation of water and other natural resources. Internationally it is important that women are represented at all levels and in all spheres of water management activities, in political, technical and managerial positions. The Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (DWAF) in South Africa recognised that gender discrimination is an historical and present fact. They have committed themselves to the promotion of gender equality in the supply and management of water, sanitation and forestry. Therefore, the provision of all services conforms to the principles of gender equality enshrined in the Constitution. Employment and conditions of service within the department will also conform to these same principles of gender equality. This has resulted in the gender policy being developed as a step forward in the commitment of DWAF to the feminisation of water management. It outlines a policy for gender sensitive water management both inside DWAF and outside the department. It also commits DWAF to the path of capacity building and development for women. It further commits to working out joint solutions to the problems of gender discrimination. It concludes by giving rural women an equal access to economic opportunities and enjoys adequate living conditions in relation to water supply and sanitation.
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