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Gender Commission congratulates COSATU for electing First Female President Zingiswa Losi in 33years.

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Press release     For Immediate Release: 18 September 2018 To: Editors, Producers and Reporters Gender Commission congratulates COSATU for electing First Female President Zingiswa Losi in 33years. The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) wishes to congratulate COSATU for electing its first female president for the federation in thirty-three years of its existence. The CGE joins those who have congratulated President Zingiswa Losi for being the first ever woman to be elected President of COSATU. It is encouraging that the outcome of the nomination also presents a fifty-fifty representation of men and women in the top leadership of COSATU. To that extent, the CGE equally congratulates Louise Thipe for her nomination for the position of second vice president. Indeed, this is a befitting tribute for her dedicated struggles against the exploitation of women in the retail and catering sector. We further congratulate Freda Oosthuizen for her third mandate to serve as National Treasurer of COSATU. She has cut her teeth in activism in the clothing and textile sector, a sector facing major challenges and employs women in the most. Her contribution in the struggles to protect quality employment in the clothing and textile industry hasn’t gone unnoticed. The CGE hopes that this moment will be seized to review COSATU contribution and interventions that put on socio-economic table issues confronting women in the workplace as part of the broader struggles of workers. We also hope that the workers will seize this opportunity to forge a dynamic link between their struggles in the workplace and broader challenges facing women in society such as the growing rates of gender-based violence and sexual harassment. In an environment of a fragile economy, we need more action to deal with the precarious forms of employment of women, especially in sectors such as clothing and textile, finance, insurance, and real estate and retail. Despite women constituting close to 45% of the Economically Active Population, double standards and systematic discrimination is widely practised in all kind of work. Women continue to be underrepresented in job advancement and low participation technical and vocational education training. Manufacturing, construction, agriculture, electricity and gas and mining and quarrying need to prioritise employment of women. ENDS, Issued by: Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) Date:   18 September 2018 Contact Person: Javu Baloyi Tel: 083 579 3306 The Commission for Gender Equality is established in terms of Section 181 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa in order to promote respect for gender equality and the protection, development and attainment of gender equality.    

BUSINESS LEADERS TAKING ACTION ON GENDER EQUALITY & WOMEN EMPOWERMENT

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To: Members of the Media   BUSINESS LEADERS TAKING ACTION ON GENDER EQUALITY & WOMEN EMPOWERMENT Date:  27 August 2018 Time: 07H30 – 10H30 Venue: The Hyatt Regency, Rosebank RSVP: Agnes Phiri & Javu Baloyi Agness.phiri@unwomen.org or 071 710 2159/ Javu@cge.org.za or 083 579 3306 On 27 August 2018, United Nations Women (UN Women) in partnership with the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE)and Global Compact Network South Africa (GCNSA) will be hosting a Women Empowerment Event at The Hyatt Regency, Rosebank. The event is an opportunity to recognize and inspire new corporate leadership in advancing gender equality and empowerment of women. It will bring attention to the critical role the private sector can and must play in advancing gender equality to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  In addition.  it will raise awareness for more companies to endorse and adopt the Women Empowerment Principles (WEPs) which guide companies to empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community. Her Excellency (HE) Dr. Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka, UN Under Secretary-General & Executive Director, UN Women will give a key note address. There will also be a panel discussion on: What Actions Should Business Leaders Take to Advance Gender Equality & Women Empowerment in the Workplace, Marketplace & Community? Panellists:

  • E. Dr. Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka
  • Bonang Mohale, CEO: BLSA
  • Sazini Mojapelo, Head of Citizenship: Absa Group
  • Keketso Maema, CEO: Commission for Gender Equality
  • Trudi Makhaya, Economic Advisor to the President
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Challenges that remain a hindrance in attaining gender equality in South Africa

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Media Release Attention: Editors, Producers and Reporters For immediate Release: 08 August 2018 Challenges that remain a hindrance in attaining gender equality in South Africa As South Africa celebrates women’s day tomorrow, the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) saw it befitting to do a reflection on the challenges that remain a hindrance in attaining gender equality. The Gender Commission in its quest to ascertain the challenges that remain a stumbling block in the attainment of gender equality has embarked in numerous projects and studies. A year 20-year review was commissioned to the Human Science Research Council (HSRC) to look at the progress made on gender equality since the establishment of CGE in 1996. Amongst the projects and studies that the Gender Commission has conducted include: Gender Transformation at the Institutions of Higher Learning, Gender Transformation in the Private and Public Sector, the African Gender Development Index (AGDI) study, Policy Dialogues with various Policy Makers both in the Public and Private Sector. This is in addition to the large scale outreach and legal clinics that the Legal and Public and Education Information Departments conduct to raise awareness, monitor and evaluate the extent of gender transformation in the country. These studies were informed by the Gender Commission’s mandate and to measure South Africa’s compliance with international and reginal instruments in regard to gender equality.  The AGDI study notes that more girls finish school and enter institutions of higher learning. However, when examining employment statistics, we see that more men are in wage paying jobs, in high paying jobs and in managerial or decision-making positions more so that women.  This is as a result of the deeply entrenched patriarchal system that benefits to men and the process resulting in gender pay wage gap. As a result, patriarchy and its tendency to privilege men makes a mockery of the strides made to reach gender equality as women continue to be unequally positioned in the workplace. Women still bear the brunt of gender-based violence and other related to atrocities. This is not limited to domestic violence but also sexual harassment both at home and workplaces. Women are unable to walk freely for fear of all sorts of harassment and abuses. According to statistics released by the South African Police Service for 2016/17 gender based violence figures are still alarmingly high. The Gender Commission has realized that the absence of a national coordinating structure on gender-based violence has a ripple effect on the work that seeks to address the scourge. These studies have discovered that on reflection, South Africa should be commended on its attempt to acknowledge women’s equality in its policies and legislative framework. The lack of change thereof is a result of the misalignment between legislative priorities and implementation. South Africa needs to do more work to making these policies a reality for women. The collegiality between the Gender Commission and the Ministry of Women in the Presidency in various dialogues and nation-wide campaigns in addressing issues of women empowerment and gender based violence against women and girls has seen enormous strides being made in conscientising society. The #100MenMarch and #Totalshutdown that the Gender Commission participated in also helped to raise the conscious awareness about the rampant abuse that is taking place against women and children. The Gender Commission has through its gender transformation at the institutions of higher learning discovered that there were no policies that were geared into addressing lack of women empowerment and sexual harassment which were on the increase.  If there was a policy on sexual harassment that policy did not talk to the implementation part. It is for that reason that we began to work with institutions of higher learning to assist them in drafting empowerment policies and sexual harassment policies. Ever since the Commission started monitoring and evaluating these aspects, there is a reduction in gender based violence cases. We have also noted women being appointed to senior leadership positions at it is with Nelson Mandela University, WITS and UCT recently. South Africa is also affected by traditional harmful practices such as underage/forced marriages, genital mutilation and virginity testing. Though there are necessary legislation including the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, the laws are not applied effectively and therefore ignored at times. There also a need to review legislation such as Children’s Act, Sexual Offences Act, the Domestic Violence Act and other related statutes to assess the effectiveness of implementation and factors undermining implementation. The Gender Commission is of the view that collaboration between State, Chapter Nine Institutions, Civil Society Organisations on activities and projects that seek to eradicate the scourge of gender based violence and total women empowerment can see the challenges that remain an impediment in gender equality addressed. For provision of effective and efficient services to advance society free from gender oppression and all forms of inequality, government should also consider providing adequate resources to institutions mandated to promote and protect gender equality.  ENDS, Issued by: Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) Date:   08 August 2018 Contact Person: Javu Baloyi Tel: 083 579 3306 The Commission for Gender Equality The Commission for Gender Equality is established in terms of Section 181 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa in order to promote respect for gender equality and the protection, development and attainment of gender equality.

Victory for women married in Muslim marriages as the court orders the state to take steps to recognize their marriages as valid

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Media Release Attention: Editors, Producers and Reporters For immediate Release: 01 September 2018 Victory for women married in Muslim marriages as the court orders the state to take steps to recognize their marriages as valid Today, 31 August 2018, the Western Cape High Court, handed down judgment in the Women’s Legal Centre Trust (WLCT) v President of the Republic of South Africa and Others matters relating to the recognition of Muslim Marriages.  The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) represented by the Legal Resources Centre (LRC) as Amicus Curiae (Friend of the Court) welcomes the judgement. Our intervention was in support of the case as we firmly believe that Muslim women have suffered and continues to suffer serious prejudice in marriages as a result of the state’s inaction. The CGE welcomes the judgment handed down that declared that the State is obliged by section 7(2) of the Constitution to respect, protect, promote and fulfil the rights in sections 9, 10, 15. 28, 31 and 34 of the Constitution to recognise Muslim marriages as valid and to regulate the consequences of such recognition. The court found that the President of South Africa and the Cabinet have failed to fulfil these constitutional obligations and must accordingly take steps to rectify this failure within 24 months of the date of the order. Accordingly, the state must prepare, initiate, introduce, enact and bring into operation, legislation to recognise Muslim marriages as valid marriages and to regulate the consequences of such recognition. Should the state fail to enact legislation as envisaged above, the court stated that a union, validly concluded as a marriage in terms of Sharia law and which subsists at the time this order becomes operative, may be dissolved in accordance with the Divorce Act 70 of 1979 even after its dissolution (in terms of Sharia Law). All the provisions of the Divorce Act will apply to such a union. The court also made provisions for the dissolution of polygamous marriages in a Muslim marriage. In ensuring that those will benefit from the findings of the court are aware of the order, the Department of Justice and Home Affairs must publish a summary of the order widely and without delay. We are encouraged by the Court’s decision to compel the government to take steps to ensure that the rights of women in Muslim marriages are realised.  We celebrate this victory and hope that the state take steps to comply and make what the judgment envisages a reality for women in Muslim marriages. ENDS, Issued by:  Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) Date:   01 September 2018 Contact Person: Javu Baloyi Tel: 083 579 3306 The Commission for Gender Equality The Commission for Gender Equality is established in terms of Section 181 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa in order to promote respect for gender equality and the protection, development and attainment of gender equality.

Gender Commission Welcomes Judgement Setting Aside Grace Mugabe’s Immunity

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Media Release Attention: Editors, Producers and Reporters For Immediate Release: 30 July 2018 Gender Commission Welcomes Judgement Setting Aside Grace Mugabe’s Immunity The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) welcomes Honourable Justice Bashier Vally’s judgment in the South Gauteng High Court which sets aside the decision to grant Mrs Grace Mugabe diplomatic immunity. The Gender Commission represented by the Legal Resources Centre successfully joined the litigation as amicus curiae (friend to the Court). Through its representations, the Gender Commission submitted that providing Grace Mugabe diplomatic immunity after assaulting Ms Gabriella Engels, directly violated the constitutional directive to protect, promote and fulfill the rights of women, including violating South Africa’s host of international obligations to safeguard women. The judgment signifies that gender based violence requires serious and concerted response by the State. ENDS, Issued by: Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) Date:   30 July 2018 Contact Person: Javu Baloyi Tel: 083 579 3306 The Commission for Gender Equality The Commission for Gender Equality is established in terms of Section 181 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa in order to promote respect for gender equality and the protection, development and attainment of gender equality. Find more about escort girls in Malta.

Gender Commission supports the #Totalshutdown Campaign

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Media Release Attention: Editors, Producers and Reporters 30 July 2018 Gender Commission supports the #Totalshutdown Campaign The Commission for Gender Equally supports the #totalshutdown campaign that will see women in their thousands marching in various locations across the country on 01 August 2018 in an effort to raise awareness on the rampant killings of women and children. The Gender Commission’s support is informed by Section 11(1)g of the CGE Act 39 of 1996 as amended that states it shall liaise and interact with any organisation which actively promotes gender equality and other sectors of civil society to further the objective of the Commission. The Gender Commission supports this noble course as it aides its own vision of creating a society free from gender oppression and inequality. This year the country is celebrating the centenary of Mama Albertina Nontsikelelo Sisulu and Tata Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela who were committed or cared about the well-being of women and children. The Gender Commission appreciate and support all initiatives to fight the scourge of gender based violence in the country. The Gender Commission pledge its support to all women organisations’ initiative to strengthen the voice and be supportive towards gender based violence campaigns in the country. “The Gender Commission believes the campaign will further emphasize the need for collaboration between state, civil society organisations, faith based organisations, trade unions and communities and the need for urgent intervention in response to increasingly high levels of gender violence perpetuated against women and children.,” says Lulama Nare, the Chairperson of the Commission for Gender Equality ENDS, Issued by: Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) Date:   30 July 2018 Contact Person: Javu Baloyi Tel: 083 579 3306 The Commission for Gender Equality The Commission for Gender Equality is established in terms of Section 181 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa in order to promote respect for gender equality and the protection, development and attainment of gender equality.

Gender Commission endorses the #100MenMarch

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Media Release Attention: Editors, Producers and Reporters 05 July 2018 Gender Commission endorses the #100MenMarch In the year of celebrating the Centenary of Mama Albertina Nontsikelelo Sisulu and Tata Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) is partnering with the Government Communications and Information Services (GCIS), Government Departments, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), Faith Based Organisations (FBOs), Business and other like-minded organisations in Men’s March Against Violence on Women and Children on 10 July 2018, 10am at Church Square, Pretoria. As a befitting tribute to Mama Sisulu and Tata Mandela who were committed or cared about the well-being of women and children, the Commission has resolve to join the #100MenMarch in order to raise its voice and awareness on the alarming high number of gender based violence and other related atrocities against women and children.  The Commission’s participation is also informed by its endeavour to create a society free from gender oppression and inequality. These are the ideals that Mama Sisulu and Tata Mandela would have hoped to see being realised, moreso a non-violent society. The scourge of violence against women and children has reached staggering figures and on average, one in five South African women older than 18 has experienced physical violence. “The Commission for Gender Equality is making a clarion call to all men in our society to join hands with the Commission, GCIS and like-minded organisations in ensuring that gender based violence and other atrocities are nipped in the bud. It is in our hands to ensure that women and children are safe. The selfless deeds of Mama Sisulu and Tata Mandela should not be in vain,” says Lulama Nare, the Chairperson of the Commission for Gender Equality ENDS, Issued by: Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) Date:   05 July 2018 Contact Person: Javu Baloyi Tel: 083 579 3306 The Commission for Gender Equality The Commission for Gender Equality is established in terms of Section 181 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa in order to promote respect for gender equality and the protection, development and attainment of gender equality.

Gender Commission mourns the untimely death of Mama Happy Joyce Mashamba

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Media Release Attention: Editors, Producers and Reporters  28 June 2018 Gender Commission mourns the untimely death of Mama Happy Joyce Mashamba The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) has learned with great sadness of the untimely passing away of Mama Happy Joyce Mashamba. The Chairperson of the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) Ms Lulama Nare on behalf of the Commission sends her heartfelt condolences to her husband Mr. George Mashamba, the Mashamba family, the African National Congress (ANC), the South African Communist Party (SACP), her colleagues, her relatives and her comrades. Ms Mashamba dedicated her entire life to the service of the people of South Africa, first as a liberation fighter, a community organiser who withstood hard conditions to contribute in the struggle against racial segregation and a democratic South Africa. She served the people of South Africa in government in various capacities. At the time of her passing away Ms Mashamba served as MEC for Agriculture in Limpopo Province. “As the Commission we mourn her death and celebrate the life of a gallant advocate for gender equality who was not afraid to speak her mind on issues of patriarchy and gender stereotypes. She has left an indelible mark to many women whom she helped nurture. Indeed, a heroine has fallen”, says Ms Lulama Nare, Chairperson of the Commission for Gender Equality. “To Tatana Mashamba, Mashamba family and people of Limpopo who loved Mama dearly, as the Commission we hope that your pain is lessened by the outpouring of condolences and love from many quarters for a beloved wife, mother, leader and comrade.  Whilst with time the pain will recede, we commit to pursue the CGE’s mandate effectively in honour of her values and commitment to the struggle for gender equality and women emancipation,” Nare added. On behalf of the Commission for Gender Equality, “We say your memory and what you laboured for will be your legacy. We shall never forget the footprints you left behind and the seamless effort in ensuring that gender equality is a reality in this country.”, Nare further added. Geriausi telefonai, televizoriai, kriptovaliutos kasimas, bitcoino kaina, antivirusinės programos, kaitlentės, elektronika - TopCom To Tatana George Mashamba, children and the grandchildren, the CGE thanks you for sharing Ms Mashamba with our nation. May your soul rest in peace, Etlela hi Kurhula, Mama Happy Joyce Mashamba! ENDS, Issued by: Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) Date:   28 June 2018 Contact Person: Javu Baloyi Tel:  083 579 3306 The Commission for Gender Equality is established in terms of Section 181 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa in order to promote respect for gender equality and the protection, development

Gender Commission fully behind Caster Semenya

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Media Release Attention: Editors, Producers and Reporters  20 June 2018 Gender Commission fully behind Caster Semenya The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) has learnt with dismay that the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has decided to amend its regulations once again in November 2018. The new regulations would require female athletes to maintain testosterone levels to below 5 nanomoles per litre for a continuous period of at least six months. This evidently brings a spotlight to athletes like Caster Semenya who are known produce high levels of testosterone arguing that it gives them unfair advantage over other competitors. The Commission for Gender Equality believes the new regulations are discriminatory against athletes falling into category. The CGE calls upon UN Women, Department of Sports and Recreation, Athletics South Africa (ASA) South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) to offer their support to Caster Semenya as the Commission believes the IAAF new regulations are discriminatory against like Caster. It cannot be that female athletes that produce 5 percent of nanomoles are subjected to this unjust and unfair regulations contrary to many conventions and protocols that are there to protect and promote unfair treatment of female athletes/women from abuse and discrimination. The Commission wishes to reiterate its support for the legal challenge launched by Caster Semenya with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Switzerland against the new regulations in order to ensure that the rights of all women are safeguarded and protected.  We are also making a clarion call to like-minded institutions to unequivocally raise their voices in support of Caster Semenya. The CGE agrees with Caster Semenya’ submission to CAS that IAAF must set aside the new regulations even before it gets to implemented pending the finalisation of her legal challenge. ENDS, Issued by: Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) Date:   20 June 2018 Contact Person: Javu Baloyi Tel:  083 579 3306

Gender Commission Commemorates Youth Day

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Media Release Attention: Editors, Producers and Reporters 15 June 2018 Gender Commission Commemorates Youth Day 42 years ago, South African youth took to the street to fight against apartheid system that was so oppressive. This historic moment greatly contributed to the fall of the apartheid regime leading to a new dawn in 1994 of inclusivity alive with opportunities and hope. This year’s June 16 is commemorated under the theme “Leave no child behind for Africa’s Development”. Interestingly the day has been adopted by the African Union (AU) as the Day of the African Child. This recognition is also an indication or a message to African youth across the continent that they can be the change that they want to see in their countries and surroundings. Only they can take an inspiration to the heroes and heroines of 1976. The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) therefore sends its heartfelt appreciation to the enormous sacrifices made by the Youth of 1976. The Commission says this cognisant of the fact that despite all their sacrifices the current generation of youth are confronted with new challenges. The CGE is calling on the youth to promote and advance gender equality. To continuously stand by the vulnerable groups including LGBTIQ people in our communities. The youth in advancement of gender equality must raise their voices on issues pertaining to abuse of women and children (Gender-Based Violence), scourge of HIV and AIDS, economic freedom, inequality, teen pregnancy, child marriages, patriarchy #Patriachymustfall etc. In commemorating of this momentous occasion, let the youth not forget the journey ahead and its many challenges. The CGE calls upon the youth to make good on the opportune moment tomorrow in recalling the good that came out of the June 16 uprising and rally around each other and unite behind one common goal that of ensuring a better future for all, wherein gender equality will be realised.   ENDS,   Issued by: Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) Date:   15 June 2018 Contact Person: Javu Baloyi Tel: 083 579 3306 The Commission for Gender Equality The Commission for Gender Equality is established in terms of Section 181 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa in order to promote respect for gender equality and the protection, development and attainment of gender equality.