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Who we are

Introduction to the role of the Commission for Gender Equality

The CGE is a constitutional entity, relied upon to ‘strengthen constitutional democracy’. The Constitution of South Africa, in creating a framework for a new society, has established a Bill of Rights in Chapter 2 of its first constitution of 1996. This is premised on the desire for a free and equal society in all fundamental and material aspects of life.

The mandate

Values and Ethics

Accountability: Honesty, transparency and efficiency through effective use of available resources and time.

Equality: Commitment to the principles that promote substantive equality.

Democratic principles: Commitment to justice and fairness.

Integrity: Loyalty and respect for the dignity of all. Commitment to the principles of the Constitution. Belief in oneself and others.

Professionalism: Communicate, behave and execute duties in a manner that efficiently and effectively fulfils the mandate and plan of action, and enhances the positive image of the CGE.

Empathy: Awareness of power relations and respect for human rights. The CGE conducts its relationships in an understanding, caring, supportive and non-judgmental manner.

Knowledge sharing: a spirit of reciprocity and mutual development and growth.

Identity: Acknowledgement of the individual and of cultural diversity of our society.