GOOD INTENTIONS BUT...
and frameworks are already in existence, although the implementation thereof has thus far been deeply problematic. As such, the failure of gender empowerment does not lie in the lack of policies and plans, but rather in their implementation and execution.
One of the minister’s listed powers is that he or she may make use of “any dispute resolution mechanism to address noncompliance” with the act. Because the bill merely requires the development and implementation of a policy, it would be extremely dif- ficult to hold anyone to account for noncompliance. A public or private body would only have to show that a policy was indeed developed and that there has been implementation. Whether the quality and impact of the policy or how it is implemented has any effect on the process, is unclear.
The bill requires private and public bodies to provide the minister with compliance reports within one year of being designated to do so. With an opportunity for recommendations and suggestions as feedback to the