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Invitation to the Commission for Gender Equality Gender Transformation Public Investigative Hearing: Procurement Practices in the Public Sector

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Invitation to the Commission for Gender Equality Gender Transformation Public  Investigative Hearing: Procurement Practices in the Public Sector

Date:  14 – 15 November 2018

Venue: Parktonian Hotel, De Korte, Braamfontein, Johannesburg Time:  09h00 – 15h30 RSVP: Javu Baloyi.

Javu@cge.org.za or 083 579 3306

CGE SUBPOENAES GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS TO ACCOUNT ON PROCUREMENT AND BBBEE

The CGE called hearings on 14 – 15 November 2018 in terms of Section 11 and 12 of the Commission for Gender Equality Act 39 of 1996, as amended, to assess and establish the extent to which Government Departments have progressed in promoting gender equality on procurement of goods and services through their policies and practices.  The successes and challenges experienced by the public sector and ultimately the measures put in place by the public sector to comply with the array of legislative prescripts to promote gender transformation specifically on the procurement of goods and services will be the focus of the hearing.

The CGE seeks to ensure accountability by issuing a report with specific recommendations on the extent to which black women owned enterprises access economic activities, infrastructure and skills training.  This includes the enhancement for the recognition of Black women, Black people with disabilities, Black youth, and Black people living in rural areas as stipulated in paragraph 9 of the Codes of Good Practice of the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowernment (BBBEE) Act.  The Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act (PPPFA) provides that the preferential procurement policy may be implemented to achieve specific goals to contract with persons historically disadvantaged by unfair discrimination based on race, gender or disability.

Key amongst the purpose of the Gender Transformation Public Investigative Hearing on Procurement Practices is to:

  • Assess compliance with National Treasury guidelines within the public sector;
  • Assess the impact of Procurement processes and policies on women in the public sector;
  • Address institutional and systematic barriers to women’s economic progress;
  • Raise awareness of relevant international commitments and the importance of compliance;
  • Assess what measures have been put in place in the workplace to bring about transformation in terms of gender and procurement; 
  • In-depth consultation on policy gaps; and
  • Monitoring the implementation of CGE’s recommendations by each entity.

Public Sector entities to appear before the Commission for Gender Equality are as follows:

      14. November 2018

  • Department of Health (DoH)
  • Department of Rural Development and Land Reform (DRD & LR)
  1. November 2018
  • Department of Social Development (DSD)
  • Department of Basic Education (DBE)

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Gender Commission appreciates outpouring of support for the rape survivor #Omotosotrial

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Media Release For immediate Release: 17 October 2018 To: Editors, Producers and Reporters  Gender Commission appreciates outpouring of support for the rape survivor #Omotosotrial  The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) has received and appreciate the numerous calls offering support to Cheryl Zondi, the rape survivor in the #Omotosotrial. Many of those who have called believe the defence lawyer Peter Daubermann's line of questioning, is insensitive. This is precisely what the Commission has been raising particularly in rape cases wherein survivors suffer secondary victimisation due to the nature of the questions being raised. The CGE applauds Judge Mandela Makhaula  for not allowing such kind of questioning as it was clearly secondary victimisation to  Cheryl Zondi. Although, the Commission for Gender Equality respects the independence of the Judiciary, gender blindness cannot be used as a source of inadvertent secondary victimisation.  The Commission will continue to raise this pertinent question with the Magistrates Commission, Bar Council and the Judiciary as a whole on the unfairness that rape survivors go through whilst giving testimonies. It is plainly unfair to subject them to such inhumane treatment whereas those who did the act are treated favourably. The line of argument by the defence was used to discredit the integrity of the victim; a victim who was a minor at the time of the alleged rape. There are several instances where women get raped because of what they wear, or due to their “loose” conduct and by default, the perpetrator would then argue that the woman asked to be raped. In any country that aspires to human rights ideals, it be would flawed to argue in court that any woman or girl deserves to be raped due to her conduct or what she wears in public. Human rights as a practiced discipline should guide our thinking about any form of inference that crosses the line when examining the truth told in a court of law. The CGE has always argued that even if the intention is to seek justice by laying women bare in courts, the same justice seeking mechanisms should not allow prejudice and patriarchal nuances to find expression in the cause of seeking the truth.  The Commission applauds the bravery shown by Cheryl Zondi. “This will send a very clear message to other young women who are victims and survivors of sexual abuse. This young girl is determined to speak out about it and this does not happen often. The accused Timothy Omotoso is having a lot of support and however, she is speaking her mind without fear or favour. And she is determined to speak the truth. I hope the law protects this girl." Says Lulama Nare, Chairperson of the Commission for Gender Equality The Commission for Gender Equality will continue to monitor this case in order to ensure that justice is served for Cheryl Zondi and other rape survivors who are still to testify. ENDS, Issued by: Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) Date:   17 October 2018 Contact Person: Javu Baloyi Tel: 083 579 3306 The Commission for Gender Equality is established in terms of Section 187 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. www.cge.org.za; Twitter handle @CGEINFO; Facebook Page @ Gender Commission of South Africa    

Commission for Gender Equality’s response to the petrol bombing of a house in Mahwelereng, Limpopo

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Media Release Attention: Editors, Producers and Reporters  11 October 2018 Commission for Gender Equality’s response to the petrol bombing of a house in Mahwelereng, Limpopo The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) is appalled at the petrol bombing of a house in Mahwelereng in Limpopo in an apparent domestic violence dispute. It is reported that three people have died in the incident, with one person currently in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) due to the severity of the injuries sustained. The CGE is heartened by the efforts of MEC for Transport and Community Safety, Ms Makoma Makhurupetje and the MEC for Health, Ms Phophi Ramathuba for their swift actions in assisting the family and trying their utmost best in ensuring that the family gets the best assistance and care. The Commission has been working closely with MEC Ramathuba and the family of the victims in ensuring that Psycho-social services and reasonable accommodation is provided to the family. The Commission is also pleased that MEC Makhurupetje has instructed the Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service (SAPS) to take immediate action against police officers who allegedly failed the victims in this particular case.  According to the victim, the alleged perpetrator was released from SAPS custody, despite previous domestic violence orders being obtained by the victim. It is also reassuring that both MECs Makhurupetje and Ramathuba want justice to be done and have called on the SAPS in the area to work with the community and the Community Police Forum (CPF) to ensure that the alleged perpetrator that is known to the community is arrested as speedily as possible. The CGE has also received numerous complaints by burn victims about their plight when it comes to reporting such cases. Majority of the complainants spoken to the CGE point the lack of collusion between the alleged perpetrators and the police, lack of sympathy and empathy from the health practitioners, families also playing the role of counsellors even in situations only can be best handled by suitable or qualified people. This they alleged have discouraged them to lodged complaints hence wanting the CGE to assist them in ensuring that the receive justice. The CGE will use its powers as empowered by the CGE Act 39 of 1996 as Amended, Section 11(1) e and a to investigate any gender-related issues of its own accord or on receipt of a complaint, and shall endeavour to resolve any dispute; or rectify any act or omission. The CGE will also monitor and evaluate any gender related case. The CGE will continue to monitor and work closely with the relevant authorities in ensuring that justice prevails. Outdoor saunas, Baths, BBQ and wood fired hot tubs sale prices - royaltubs.co.uk ENDS, Issued by: Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) Date:   11 October 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.

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. Play here online games for children. 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. sexoprague.com 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.