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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. 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.

Gender Commission wishes all Fathers a Happy Fathers’ Day

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Media Release Attention: Editors, Producers and Reporters  16 June 2018   Gender Commission wishes all Fathers a Happy Fathers’ Day The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) wishes to extend its sincere appreciation to the fathers of our society as they celebrate Fathers’ Day on Sunday. The Commission wishes to salute the contribution fathers and father figures make to the lives of the children. This day celebrates fatherhood and male parenting. Fathers’ Day has an important celebratory significance, as it reminds us of the role that fatherhood plays in the upbringing of children. Fathers and father figures alike should be to be proud of their roles and status in their households.   CGE also pays homage and respect to all responsible fathers who assist their spouses and partners in household chores, assisting with homework and assignments, including caring for their children.  “Responsible fatherhood also affords children to play and stay at school in order to pursue future endeavours… It also goes a long way in addressing the alleviation of burden of unpaid care work on women. It allows women to be free to pursue productive work”, says Lulama Nare, Chairperson of the Commission for Gender Equality.   We are also calling upon absent fathers to think about the role that they would have been playing instead of letting their kids without proper role modelling that might have a bearing in years to come.   On this year’s occasion of Fathers’ Day, the Commission for Gender Equality pays tribute to all fathers in the country. ENDS, Issued by: Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) Date:   16 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 and attainment of gender equality.

Gender Commission mourns the passing away of Mama Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

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Press Release For Immediate release: 02 April 2018 To: Editors, Producers and Reporters

Today South Africans and rest of the world received the sad news of Mama Nomzamo Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s passing. The former struggle stalwart and heroine of the liberation struggle passed away at Milpark Hospital after a long illness. The Chairperson of the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) Ms Lulama Nare on behalf of the Commission sends her heartfelt condolences to the Madikizela-Mandela family, the African National Congress (ANC), relatives and her comrades.

Angela Davis perfectly sums Mama Madikizela-Mandela when she said: “Revolution is a serious thing, the most serious thing about a revolutionary’s life. When one commits oneself to the struggle. It must be for a lifetime”. Mama Madikizela-Mandela despite banishment, isolation and constant harassment from the apartheid regime fought gallantly for the liberation of the people of this country until her passing away. In an endeavour to build a society that is free from all forms of oppression, least we forgot that Mama Madikizela-Mandela championed for a non-racial, non-sexist, and democratic society in South Africa.

“Mama Madikizela-Mandela was always found amongst the poor and ordinary women in protests and was equally courageous in demanding for change in the lives of the poor and vulnerable in informal settlements and townships. She cared about the daily struggles of women. She was a torchbearer for free speech in advancing for programmes geared for women empowerment,” Said Lulama Nare the Chairperson of the Commission for Gender Equality.

“Despite so much violation to your inalienable rights at the hands of the Apartheid regime we are indebted to your bravery and your indominable spirit that we have a progressive bill of rights that women and all in our country now enjoy”, Nare added

Rest in Peace! Robala ka khotso! Lala ngo Xolo, Mama Winnie Madikizela-Mandela!

ENDS Issued by: Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) Date: 02 April 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.

The Gender Commission meets with Top Bet Company over the reported violation of its women employees

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Media Release For Immediate Release: 08 March 2018 To:  Editors, Producers and Reporters The Gender Commission meets with Top Bet Company over the reported violation of its women employees 

The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) wishes to report that it held a meeting in line with Section 11 (e) of the CGE Act 39 of 1996. The purpose of this meeting was further given impetus by the huge public outcry on the violation of female employees of Top Bet.

Through the interaction between the CGE and owners of the company it was ascertained that the manager involved in the misconduct has since been relieved of her duties as a result of the illegal “strip search”. It is in this spirit that the CGE welcomes the decision taken by the company in light of the gravity of the actions taken by the former manager in this regard.

The company has since agreed that the actions by the former manager were unwarranted and further emphasized  that it was against company policy for any manager employed with the company to undertake such practice. In essence, the company agrees that what had occurred in the “strip search” procedure was inappropriate and thus served as a violation of women’s rights.

“Having noted that the violation was instituted by a female manager onto other female staff members brings about an interesting dynamic to intra-gender conflict which found space in the working environment of the company and this is a matter that we would need to pay attention to in other spheres of our work as the Gender Commission. We are pleased that all those women who were victims of this incident are now receiving trauma counselling at the cost of the employer”, said Chairperson of the CGE, Ms. Lulama Nare.

The CGE has given extensive advise to the company in relation to strengthening its gender related policies and practices, but more importantly, the company has agreed to take further steps to ensure that its human resources department becomes more proactive in the future in an effort to ensure that such practices cease to exist. It is in this context that the company has made a commitment to ensure that health and safety standards are factored into their policies for the purpose of protecting women employees. The latter will be accompanied by culture and gender sensitivity awareness within the company.

The CGE is satisfied about the fact that the company has made a commitment to protect the complainant who blew the whistle on the matter.  To this end, the company will be sending an action plan (to the Gender Commission) on the remedial action to be taken in the short and long term periods.

The CGE will be closely monitoring the company in relation to commitments pertaining to the remedial action.

    ENDS, Issued by: Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) Date:   08 March 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.

CGE calls for action in accelerating gender parity and women empowerment #PressforProgress

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Media Release For Immediate Release: 08 March 2018 To:  Editors, Producers and Reporters   CGE calls for action in accelerating gender parity and women empowerment #PressforProgress   08 March the world celebrates International Women’s Day (IWD). International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. IWD is also an opportunity to transform this momentum into action, to empower women in all settings, rural and urban, and celebrate the activists who are working relentlessly to claim women’s rights and realise their full potential.   The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) is particularly pleased that this year’s theme pays a special attention to rural women too. Often times these are the most marginalized people.  When institutions and people talk about empowerment and development, rural women are forgotten, yet they play a pivotal role in ensuring that the activism and voices are counted and heard when it mattered the most.   The theme as proclaimed by UN Women is "Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women's lives". And also echoing the priority theme of the upcoming 62nd session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW), International Women's Day will also draw attention to the rights and activism of rural women, who make up over a quarter of the world population, and are being left behind in every measure of development.   This year, International Women’s Day comes on the heels of unprecedented global movement for women’s rights, equality and justice #Metoo movement.  Sexual harassment, violence, human rights violation and discrimination against women has captured headlines and public discourse, propelled by a rising determination for change. Rural women till the lands and plant seeds to feed nations, ensure food security for their communities and build climate resilience. Yet, on almost every measure of development, because of deep seated gender inequalities and discrimination, they fare worse than rural men or urban women.   In the year of Nontsikelelo Albertina Sisulu, the CGE is making a clarion call that the #PressforProgress for rural women, gender parity and women empowerment should be accelerated. In so doing all the endeavours towards this call will be honouring all the heroines and unsung heroines of the women struggle.   Guided by the legal prescripts, Section 187 of the South African Constitution, the CGE Act 39 of 1996 as amended, the Commission will rollout outreach and legal clinics throughout the country to educate the public particularly rural women on empowerment and development and also receive complaints in relation to the violation of gender rights The CGE encourages the public to utilize the Toll- free Number 0800 007 709 to report matters that relates to violations of gender rights     ENDS, Issued by: Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) Date:   08 March 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.

CGE investigates allegation (s) of Sexual Harassment and Human Rights Violation

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Media Release For Immediate Release: 07 March 2018 To: Editors, Producers and Reporters CGE investigates allegation (s) of Sexual Harassment and Human Rights Violation   The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) has noted with concern media reports alleging sexual harassment and human rights violation at Topbets SA (PTY) in Germiston. As empowered by Section 187 Constitution of the Republic of South Africa and the CGE Act 39 0f 1996, as amended, Section 11 (1) (e) the Commission shall investigate any gender -related issues of its own accord or receipt of a complaint, and shall endeavour to resolve any dispute or rectify any act or omission by mediation, conciliation or negotiation. It is against this backdrop that the Commission would investigate the matter, as alleged. The CGE commends the media for its continuous coverage of women and gender rights violation issues. The CGE will welcome extensive reports or evidence that may help strengthen this investigation, particularly women workers affected by the alleged sexual harassment and human rights violation, to phone our Toll-Free Number 0800 007 709 or alternatively our Head Office at 011 403 7182.   ENDS, Issued by: Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) Date: 07 March 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

CGE wishes Mama Rebecca Kotane Happy Birthday

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Media Release For Immediate Release: 11 February 2018 To: Editors, Producers and Reporters   CGE wishes Mama Rebecca Kotane Happy Birthday   The Chairperson of the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE), Ms Lulama Nare on behalf of the Commission wishes Mama Rebecca Kotane “Happy Birthday. Whilst, we celebrate the birth of this heroine, the Commission calls upon all South Africans to remember her ideals and principles, such as freedom, equality and human rights for all.   As proclaimed by the Government of the Republic of South Africa, 2018 is the centenary of Mrs Nontsikelelo Albertina Sisulu. As part of these festivities to mark her centenary, the Commission will be embarking on various activities to highlight the work dedicated by women in the liberation struggle and towards the attainment of gender equality. The Commission will be celebrating both the heroes and unsung of the women liberation struggle in the country.   On Monday the 12 February 2018, the Commission led by its Chairperson Ms Nare will be paying homage to Mama Kotane in Diepkloof, Soweto to wish her Happy Birthday in person. On behalf of the Commission for Gender Equality, we wish Mama Rebecca Kotane good health and many more happy returns   Mini emnandi kuwe! O hole o Kgokgobe! U kula u kula u ringana na Ndlopfu! Sikufisela usuku oluhle lokuzalwula! O gole o gole dingwaga di ate o gole! Ri khou vha tamela Mashudu kha duvha la mabebo avho! Geseënde Versdag Tata Mandela!   ENDS, Issued by: Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) Date: 11 February 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.