Women's Parliament to address gender based violence in South Africa
August 27, 2019
Parliament, South Africa: Parliament will on Thursday (August 29,2019) host the first Women's Parliament of the sixth democratic Parliament under the theme, "Gender and institutionalism: Towards strengthening the National Gender Machinery as a response to addressing Gender-Based Violence in South Africa”.
The conference is aimed at launching a comprehensive programme of provincial sessions aimed at reviewing the 1994 Women’s Charter for Effective Equality. The Women’s Parliament will also be celebrating 25 years since the adoption of the Women’s Charter and the attainment freedom in South Africa.
Delegates to the Women’s Parliament will include representatives from all nine legislatures, institutions of higher learning, the men’s sector of the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC), the South African Local Government Association (SALGA), the Commission on Gender
Equality, and other formations that deal with gender-related matters.
National Assembly Speaker, Ms Thandi Modise, will deliver the keynote address and the Deputy Minister of Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities, Prof Hlengiwe Mkhize, will report on the role of the National Gender Machinery in rolling out the National Gender-Based Violence and
Femicide Strategic Plan. Other speakers include the Deputy Minister of Police, Mr Cassel Mathale, who will focus on the role of the ministry in preventing and addressing gender-based violence; SALGA Chairperson Thembi Nkadimeng, and various experts from institutions of higher education.
The 12-month Women’s Charter review process will culminate in the adoption of an improved policy and legislative oversight mechanisms that strengthen interventions aimed at removing structural, institutional and cultural barriers to gender mainstreaming and women development.
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