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CGE welcomes Minister Mthembu’s statement on National Development Plan being gender blind

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Media Release  For immediate Release:  14 August 2019 To: Editors, Producers and Reporters   CGE welcomes Minister Mthembu’s statement on National Development Plan being gender blind  The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) has noted with keen interest Minister in the Presidency, Honourable Jackson Mthembu’s utterances that the National Development Plan (NDP) is gender blind. The Commission analysed the NDP in 2013 and found that the document failed to recognise gender imbalances and women’s vulnerabilities in relation to gender based violence, land, poverty, women in rural areas, access of water and electricity, access to justice and appropriate health care, etc.  The CGE study also found that gender disaggregated data was not used and questions about women’s realities were not asked and this was due to the lack of consultation with the Commission and this is also evident in the absence of a human rights discourse in the analysis and planning presented in the NDP. The Commission used its legislated mandated as enjoined by the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa to review state policies and practices from gender perspective, to ensure gender responsive policy making. It is against this backdrop that the Commission identified glaring gaps that fell short of addressing gender elements within the NDP. In a nutshell, the Commission based on its study can conclude the Mr. Mthembu was not off the mark and that the NDP is not genderised. The CGE will be writing a formal letter to Minister Mthembu seeking an audience with him in his capacity as the Chairperson of the National Planning Commission (NPC). The meeting will be for two reasons. First reason is to share with Minister  Mthembu the Commission’s study on its analysis of NDP. The second reason is that during the NDP Review process in October 2019, the CGE would be available to offer expertise in ensuring that the document is genderised. The CGE believes unless the NDP is a gender sensitized document, it will not achieve its intended objectives. Minister Mthembu also spoke of indicators to assist in ensuring that the NDP is a gender sensitive document when the review takes place. The CGE believes it can offer invaluable inputs emanating from its gender analysis of the NDP Vision 2030 report. The CGE also call for the seven priority areas as outlined by His Excellency President Ramaphosa during the State of the Nation Address (SONA) to be gender sensitive. The CGE is of the view that the continual exclusion of women who make 52% of the South African population from an analysis aimed at eradicating poverty, creating jobs, sustainable livelihoods and social cohesion, the status quo of marginalized women will continue. It is for this reason that the CGE welcomes Minister Mthembu’s statement on the NDP being gender blind and wanting to offer its expertise to remedy the situation as an institution with the vast knowledge in the area and having done some analysis of the NDP  ENDS,   Issued by: Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) Date:  14 August 2019 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. Twitter Handle: @CGE_ZA. Facebook Page: Gender Commission of South Africa. Toll Free Number: 0800 007 709. GBV Toll Free Number: 0800 428 428, Stop Gender Violence : 0800 150 150  Witness, Survivors  and victims of GBV can send Please Call Me at *120*7867#

CGE Women’s Month Calendar of Events 2019

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CGE  Women's Month Calendar of Events  2019 Please see the link below for the Commission for Gender Equality Women’s Month Calendar of Events 2019. This will assist you in know which activities the Commission will be embarking on. The contact details of the liaison persons are in the respective Calendar of Events. CGE Women's Month Calendar of Events 2019 ENDS, Issued by: Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) Date:  01 August 2019 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. Twitter Handle: @CGE_ZA. Facebook Page: Gender Commission of South Africa. Toll Free Number: 0800 007 709. GBV Toll Free Number: 0800 428 428, Stop Gender Violence: 0800 150 150 Witness, Survivors and victims of GBV can send Please Call Me at *120*7867#

Briefing of Systemic Investigation Report of Shelters that accommodate victims of violence

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Media Statement Embargoed until: 24 June 2019 To: Editors, Producers and Reporters Briefing of Systemic Investigation Report of Shelters that accommodate victims of violence Good morning everyone. I welcome you all to this briefing. The purpose of this briefing is to convey the outcomes of a systemic investigation that the Commission undertook to assess the state of shelters for victims of violence, but in particular, victims of gender-based violence (GBV) and members of the Lesbian, Gays Bisexual, Transgendered and Intersex (LGBTI) Communities. This form of investigation did not happen in a vacuum but was necessitated by the mandate of the Commission and international instruments. One of these instruments is the Convention of Elimination of All forms of Discrimination Against Women, or commonly known as CEDAW. Section 24 (b) of CEDAW compels the Commission to ensure that legislation intended to curb family violence and abuse, gender-based violence (GBV), rape and sexual assault gives adequate protection to women. This particular state obligation has now become important in light of the current state of GBV in South Africa. In other words, it has become essential to assess the conditions of shelters amidst the high levels of GBV. In line with the CGE Act (Section 11) which states that such an assessment may happen through an investigation, the outcomes thereof ought to be in the public interest. Apart from CEDAW and the accompanying policy and legislation on the protection of gender equality, it is also important to understand the policy intent of the State in providing adequate measures to meet our obligations in relation to Section 24 of CEDAW. It is in this instance that I draw your attention to a salient policy directive which came from the State of the Nation Address (of 2018), regarding the protection of victims of GBV. In the SONA of 2018, the President of the Republic, Mr. Cyril Ramaphosa stated that, and I quote “Political and community leadership must support and champion the cause of eradicating gender-based violence and femicide” and he went on to further state that there should be “Adequate resourcing of Thuthuzela Care Centres, sexual offences courts and shelters that respond to the needs of all people including people with disabilities and LGBTQIA+”. The interest of the Commission in relation to the protection of victims of GBV through the provision of adequate shelters spans as far back as 2013 when the Commission submitted a proposal for law reform on the same subject matter in order to improve the conditions and access to shelters. The key position of the Commission still stands in that we still believe that the increased access and improvement of the conditions of Thuthuzela Care Centers will further reduce the impact of GBV on survivors, from an economic and social perspective. It is in this instance that we also believe that shelters serve as a mechanism for survivors to escape the cycle of abuse and avoid further harm. As we stated our position in 2013, we also raised an issue pertaining to the funding of these shelters. This we raised with the view that costs of managing shelters should be factored into various departments of government and this should be done as a part of institutionalized gender-responsive budgeting initiatives. Having given this background; it is also important for me to state that the Commission received numerous complaints from victims of GBV who were provided protection by shelters. Complainants in this regard complained about lack of counselling at the shelters, secondary victimization and abuse as well as the general conditions of the facilities. This further compelled the Commission to look into the state of shelters with reference to issues of human interest – in other words, with the view that some residents of these shelters remain unsatisfied with the state of affairs. With all of the above factors I have mentioned thus far, the Commission conducted an investigation in all nine provinces from 2018 to 2019 financial year. The following information was analysed for the purposes of this investigation: - The Shelter information, status and staffing; - Shelter capacity and accommodation criteria; - Period of stay and survivor readiness to exit the shelter; - Shelter funding and resources; - Shelter service package offer / shelter service basket; - Record keeping and ethics confidentiality; - Shelter management, staffing and supervision; - Nature of relationship with SAPS; - Safety and Security measures; - Substance abuse and rehabilitation; - And general Challenges experienced. Apart from what I have stated, we also requested the Department of Social Development (DSD) to provide us with the following information for as part of the investigation: - Budget allocation to shelters; - Measures and programmes to support shelters; - Efforts to rectify the lacuna in the Domestic Violence Act; - Outline and evidence of DSD’s developmental quality assurance; - Information on the complaints mechanism for residents of shelters; - Mechanisms to prevent shelters unfairly discriminating against the LGBTIQA+ community. The findings of this investigation unveiled the following: - Lack of adequate funding for shelters; - Late payment of tranches and a lack of cooperation; - In some shelters building and facility infrastructure and security poses a problem; - Lack of transitional Housing / second stage housing; - Lack of standardised salaries amongst the same occupation categories including bettering of prerequisites for certain roles within shelters; - Lack of compliance to policies and standardised practices, policies, skills development and complaints mechanisms, with specific reference to: a. Therapeutic methods; b. Skills development; c. Early child development programmes; d. Minimum and maximum periods of stay; e. Mechanisms used when a survivor requests a longer stay, including assessment and process to evaluate the request; f. Complaint mechanisms at a shelter level. - Failure and/or neglect by DSD to ensure proper policies and implementation thereof, including inconsistent funding methods. - Survivors struggle to adapt to normal living conditions. - Lack of mainstreaming of international instruments with gender equality provisions into existing and proposed legislation relating to service rendered by shelters. - Inadequate DSD budgeting methods in the allocation of resources to shelters. - No standardised approach to accommodate and assist survivors of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, asexual and other diverse sexual orientations and gender identities (LGBTIQA+) community. Based on the outcomes of our investigation it is evident that there are deep-rooted systemic challenges which need adequate attention of state institutions who bear the responsibility to make provisions for the protection of survivors of GBV. to be addressed at the highest level of institutions that are expected to offer services to survivors of violence. In light of the above outcomes of our systemic investigation it is highly plausible that we may be in breach of the provisions of Sections 24 of CEDAW, but more importantly, the findings have a bearing on the following domestic legislation and policy: Under the Constitution of the Republic of South Arica 108 of 1996 • Right to Equality (Sec 9) • Right to Dignity (sec 10) • Right to freedom and security of the person (sec 12) • Right to Privacy (sec 13) • Right to adequate housing (sec 26) • Limitation of rights (sec 36) Other forms of legislation that may be breached are as follows: • Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination 4 of 2000 (PEPUDA) • Domestic Violence Act 116 of 1998 • Children’s Act 38 of 2005 • Prevention and Combating of Trafficking in Persons Act 7 of 2013 Accordingly, the CGE recommends as follows: - The CGE to call a Public Investigative Hearing within the 2019/2020 period wherein: - All Head of Departments of the nine provincial DSD’s - The Director-General (DG) of the National DSD - The DG of the National Department of Human Settlements are called to fully account before the CGE and respond to questions regarding how shelters are allocated resources and any other aspects regarding the functioning and co-ordination of shelters including the need for transitional housing. It is anticipated that the public investigative hearings will lead to further supplementary recommendation report which will look into matters concerning policy and practice in the sheltering of survivors of violence. 2. The late payment of tranches severely undermines the functioning of shelters. In turn, the CGE recommends that urgent action on the part of DSD is taken to instil safeguards within its contract management system wherein it provides clear pre-warning of required payments and in turn accountability of those officials responsible for effecting the payments whom do so late. The DSD is afforded the ambit to devise its own safeguard. Albeit, it must be effective and able to be rolled out throughout the nine provinces. The safeguard including time frames for roll out to the nine provinces must be provided to the CGE within three months of release of this report. 3. The DSD to finalise its policy regarding GBV Prevention Programme for LGBTIQA+ Persons within six months from the date of release of this report, including clear directives to shelters to comply and not unfairly disseminate against LGBTIQA+ persons, including a clearly communicated complaints process for survivors to report any discriminatory action on the part of a shelter. 4. DSD after consulting key stakeholders to provide the CGE with: 1. A standardised policy detailing the manner and criteria to fulfil when survivors wish to apply for extension at a shelter. This should also include a costing analysis wherein the costs of extensions are forecast and budgeted for and a clear complaints mechanism for survivors to appeal any negative decision. 2. A standardised policy detailing the monitoring of survivors after existing the shelter including clear indicators to determine if the survivor is adjusting favourably. The two policies as per recommendations 4.1 and 4.2 must be provided to the CGE within six months after release of the investigative report. 5. DSD in consultation with key stakeholders: 1. To standardise salaries and/or stipends of persons employed by shelters, including detailing criteria. Such standardisation must be taken into account during the budget allocation provided to shelters. 2. Detail and set the educational requirements and core skills needed for the requisite job roles in shelters. I thank you for your attention. Ms. Tamara Mathebula Acting Chairperson: Commission for Gender Equality Issued by: Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) Date: 24 June 2019 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. Twitter Handle: @CGE_ZA. 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Re: INVITATION TO THE SOUTH AFRICA SYMPOSIUM ON THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS

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Open SDG club @South Africa:

A civil society symposium

Dear Colleagues Re:  INVITATION TO THE SOUTH AFRICA SYMPOSIUM ON THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS Our transformative intent is to promote the delivery of sustainable development in South Africa, and to open-up the space for non-governmental stakeholders to engage with the process of delivering on the sustainable development goals (SDGs). Given that South Africa is participating in the United Nations Voluntary National Review in 2019, we view this as an important opportunity for civil society and other non-state actors to contribute to the report writing, and the broader review process of sustainable development in the country. African Monitor, in partnership with the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE), HURISA and Centre for the Study of Violence and reconciliation (CSVR), will host a civil society symposium from the 12 until 14 June 2019 at Holiday Inn, 123 Rivonia Road, Sandton, Johannesburg, in support of the South African SCO Working Group on SDGs.  This invitation is extended to you or a representative of your organisation, to come and contribute this important process. The Open SDG Club @South Africa is a national symposium for civic actors to contribute to the VNR 2019 report and showcase innovative solutions to achieve the SDGs in South Africa.  Through this symposium, findings on SDG progress will be presented by civil society, business, academia and different spheres of government.  The South African government will also present the draft national VNR report, thus creating opportunity for engagement with non-state actors. The Open SDG Club @South Africa presents an opportunity for civil society and other civic actors in South Africa to review the SDGs and share perspectives in an open, inclusive and collaborative platform.  The symposium has been preceded by a consultative report writing process for the goals that are being reviewed through VNR 2019. Kindly confirm your attendance to this event by registering here by the 11th June 2019. For more information, contact Puseletso Maile at puseletso@africanmonitor.org or to advocacy@africanmonitor.org (011 – 589 9032). Kindly note that this is a self-sponsored event. However, if you represent a community-based organisation or NGO’s operating at provincial and local level to deliver on the SDGs and require travel and accommodation sponsorship, please send a request to Ms Maile on the email address above.  There is very limited sponsorship available for this purpose. Sincerely yours, African Monitor, CGE, HURISA, CSVR teams.

African Monitor hosts a Voluntary National Review (VNR) Civil Society Symposium

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PRESS STATEMENT

10 June 2019 African Monitor hosts a Voluntary National Review (VNR) Civil Society Symposium African Monitor, in partnership with the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE, HURISA and Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR), will host a symposium to give voice to civil society with South Africa participating in the United Nations (UN) Voluntary National Review (VNR) 2019. The symposium, scheduled for 12-14 June 2019 in Johannesburg, will be in support of the South African CSO Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Given that South Africa is participating in the VNR 2019, the symposium will be an important opportunity for civil society and other non-state actors to contribute to the VNR 2019 report and showcase innovative solutions to achieve the SDGs in South Africa. In preparation for the VNR, African Monitor is spearheading the consultative process and the writing process of the report, and thus organizing the symposium for civil society in South Africa. Countries that are participating in the VNR are expected to submit comprehensive written reports that will be made available in the UN VNR database. In addition, each country will also be expected provide main messages summarizing their key findings. These reviews are supposed to draw on contributions from indigenous peoples, civil society, the private sector and other stakeholders However, this role is often hindered because civil society and citizens remain without voice, influence or presence in spaces where decisions are made about SDGs implementation and monitoring. In South Africa, this is particularly the case as government (thus far) has made little progress to engage with civic actors.  Since South Africa announced that it will participate in the VNR 2019, it has become critical for civic actors to raise their voice and shape the process. Through this symposium, findings on SDGs progress will be presented by civil society, business, academia and different spheres of government.  The South African government will also present the draft national VNR report, thus creating opportunity for engagement with non-state actors. amstergirls.com ISSUED BY: AFRICAN MONITOR For more information, contact  Joyce Moholola on 021 447 0211 / 0829749222 or email at media@africanmonitor.org. For interview purposes: Please contact: Namhla Mniki Mangaliso - Executive Director African Monitor - 0834270122 Nonhlanhla Sibanda Moyo - Gender and Women's Rights Specialists - CSVR - 074581 9401

Gender Commission subpoenas SAPS to account for implementation of its recommendations

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Media Release For immediate release: 03 June 2019 To: Editors, Producers and Reporters Gender Commission subpoenas SAPS to account for implementation of its recommendations On 30 May 2019, the South African Police Service (SAPS) appeared before the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) to account for the implementation of the recommendations that arose from an initial investigative hearing held on 25 September 2018. With the powers vested in the CGE (as per Section 11 (1) e of the CGE Act 36 of 1996, as amended), SAPS was issued with a notice to appear in a hearing to explain the extent to which recommendations have been implemented. It should be noted that the CGE legal department had been monitoring the progress of implementing the recommendations and it was the view of the CGE that some recommendations were not implemented by 30 May 2019. Some of these recommendations which were reached on 25 September 2018 include the following, inter alia:

  • Turn around on the administration of DNA testing especially in cases that involve Gender Based Violence (GBV) and Domestic Violence.
  • Poor enforcement of protection orders by SAPS.
  • Training and workshops to be conducted for police officers in order obtain additional knowledge on dealing with gender-based cases.
-       Unresolved sample cases from which the CGE identified anomalies that could either delay a successful conclusion or a possible conviction of gender-based crimes. In the follow up hearing held yesterday it transpired that most of the aspects above remain pending for implementation. SAPS admitted that there has been slow pace in accelerating process of DNA testing which are often used in gender-based crimes. SAPS cited administrative problems and the unavailability of adequate equipment for DNA testing. With regards to protection orders, SAPS reported that it is in the process of strengthening their efforts to raise awareness within their internal ranks of visible policing on the importance and consequences relating to non-issuance of protection order on perpetrators of gender-based crimes. SAPS also reported that even though they have provided training and workshops on gender related matters more needs to be done in order to ensure that the focus pertains to training of entry level police officers. With regards to unresolved cases, SAPS emphasised the fact that their role is often paired with that of the prosecutors in order to arrive at successful convictions of gender-based crimes. It was in this regard that SAPS committed to working closely with the National Prosecuting Authority in order to determine a model that is conducive for both police and prosecutors in the process of administering justice. Apart from the above-mentioned factors, the CGE also heard that there are some cases of sexual harassment within SAPS which were not resolved satisfactorily. The National Commissioner of SAPS has committed to review such cases so that the victims of sexual harassment are satisfied with the outcomes. The National Commissioner of SAPS has also pledged the following as part of the solutions the problems/challenges mentioned above:
  • SAPS will create a National Nodal Point, which will serve as the means to ensure that information pertaining to cases related to gender-based crimes are dealt with using three key aspects in an investigation, i.e. legal services, visible policing, and investigation officers. The nodal point will also assist the CGE in obtaining information about the status of cases that might be prolonged.
  • SAPS will develop the Modus Operandi Analysis as well as the Cold-Case Strategy as a technique to investigate the killings of witnesses.
  • Regarding the delays in issuing DNA test results, the SAPS’ Forensic Services Division has committed to a speedy resolve of making DNA kits in police stations available, especially those that are in remote areas has a new turnaround strategy SAPS will continue to provide training and workshops on gender sensitivity and sexual harassment in their workplace.
  • SAPS has committed to drafting an integrated plan that will factor in all of the factors that have not yet been implemented.
The hearing concluded that all of the above commitments need to be made with deadlines determined by both SAPS and the CGE. The CGE has offered to provide further assistance on the implementation of the recommendations so that all matters are resolved in spirit of serving the victims of gender-based crimes. ENDS, Issued by: Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) Date: 03 June 2019 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. Twitter Handle: @CGE_ZA. Facebook Page: Gender Commission of South Africa. Toll Free Number: 0800 007 709. GBV Toll Free Number: 0800 428 428 Witness, Survivors and victims of GBV can send Please Call Me at *120*7867#

CGE Serves the South African Police Services with a Notice to appear for Investigative Hearings

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Media Release For Immediate Release: 29 May 2019 To: Editors, Producers and Reporters CGE Serves the South African Police Services with a Notice to appear for Investigative Hearings Tomorrow, 30 May 2019, the South African Police Services (SAPS) will be appearing before the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE). This follows a notice to appear that was served on the SAPS by the Commission due to new and outstanding/unresolved issues emanating from previous hearing that were held with SAPS on the 25 September 2018. The Commission has noted with concern that it takes SAPS long to investigate cases of gender-based violence, sexual harassment, gender discrimination and that there are lots of unresolved cases pertaining to gender -based violence in various provinces. Due to SAPS’s unresponsiveness and taking long to furnish the CGE with information that will assist it in finalizing its own investigations as was agreed and resolved during the previous hearing, the Commission was left with no option but to serve a notice to the SAPS to appear in order to address some of these issues. 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. Please note that the Commission will not address the media before the hearings. The Commission will issue a statement after the hearings to update members of the media and the public about the outcomes of the hearings. ENDS, Issued by: Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) Date: 29 May 2019 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. Twitter Handle: @CGE_ZA. Facebook Page: Gender Commission of South Africa. Toll Free Number: 0800 007 709. GBV Toll Free Number: 0800 428 428 Witness, Survivors and victims of GBV can send Please Call Me at *120*7867#

CGE welcomes the appointment of a Task Team to guide policy on sexual harassment, gender-based violence at varsities

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Media Release For immediate Release:  29 May 2019 To: Editors, Producers and Reporters   CGE welcomes the appointment of a Task Team to guide policy on sexual harassment, gender-based violence at varsities The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) has noted that the Minister of Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) Dr. Naledi Pandor has appointed a task team to guide policy on sexual harassment and gender – based violence (GBV) at universities. The Commission welcomes this initiative as it happens in the context of its own hearings on Gender Transformation Hearings in the Institutions of Higher Learning where the Commission has that most institutions have sexual harassment policies in place, however there is shortcomings/limitations in particular with the existing policies in so far as their implementation and enforcement is concerned. The Commission is particularly pleased that now there would be policy framework that will guide and coordinate in a sustained manner the implementation and enforcement of sexual harassment and GBV policies in the university sector. Whilst the Commission welcomes this development, the Commission calls upon the Minister of DHET to extend the scope and terms of reference for the task team to include all institutions of higher learning not limiting it to universities. Sexual harassment and gender -based violence are not limited to universities but equally rife at institutions of higher learning. To complement this effort by the department the Commission as obligated by the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa will exercise its respective legal mandate to oversee and monitor closely the work of the task team will particular interest given the severity of the scourge of sexual harassment and GBV at institutions of higher learning. The CGE will continue to engage with the institutions of higher learning that it has made findings against through its Gender Transformation Hearings and equally engage with the work of the task team. ENDS, Issued by: Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) Date:  29 May 2019 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. Twitter Handle: @CGE_ZA. Facebook Page: Gender Commission of South Africa. Toll Free Number: 0800 007 709. GBV Toll Free Number: 0800 428 428, Stop Gender Violence: 0800 150 150 Witness, Survivors and victims of GBV can send Please Call Me at *120*7867#

Bonuses offered to Banyana Banyana a right step in bridging wage gap in football

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Media Release For immediate Release:  28 May 2019 To: Editors, Producers and Reporters   Bonuses offered to Banyana Banyana a right step in bridging wage gap in football In a country where, women earn 23% less as compared to their male counterparts, the announcement by South African Football Association (SAFA) President Dr Danny Jordaan that Banyana Banyana players going to the World Cup in France will receive the same bonus structure with Bafana Bafana is a step in the right direction. The Commission for Gender Equality hails SAFA’s efforts in bridging the wage disparity in football. Although, the Commission acknowledges that this endeavour is not enough in ensuring that the playing fields are equal when it comes to the remuneration of both women and men football such an initiative is welcomed as it begins to address the anomalies that had existed for far too long. The Commission has been concerned that despite the gallant display and being the pride of the nation Banyana Banyana were underpaid. It is for this reason the Commission for Gender Equality engaged both the South African Football Association and the Department of Sports and Recreation to address the issue of wage gap between Banyana Banyana and Bafana Bafana. The Commission also lauds the sponsors that came on board in assisting to quell the injustice that was happening in terms of remuneration of equal pay for equal work for the forthcoming World Cup and African Cup of Nations for Banyana Banyana and Bafana Bafana respectively. The Commission will continue to engage both SAFA and the Department of Sports and Recreation in order to address the issue of wage gap in South African football. ENDS, Issued by: Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) Date:  28 May 2019 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. Twitter Handle: @CGE_ZA. Facebook Page: Gender Commission of South Africa. Toll Free Number: 0800 007 709. GBV Toll Free Number: 0800 428 428, Stop Gender Violence : 0800 150 150  Witness, Survivors  and victims of GBV can send Please Call Me at *120*7867#

Disregard of its own internal policy by the ANC on the appointment of Premiers concerning

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Media release                                                                                        

For Immediate Release: 14 May 2019

To: Editors, Producers and Reporters

Disregard of its own internal policy by the ANC on the appointment of Premiers concerning

The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) has noted with disappointment the African National Congress (ANC) statement on the appointment of five male premiers in the 7 provinces that they have won following the 08 May 2019 National and Provincial elections. The ANC has indicated that it used gender parity as a criterion and the Commission had anticipated that 50/50 representation where the party governs would be reached.   These appointments are clearly a step backwards in the fight for gender equality and 50/50 balance in political representation between men and women in this year’s elections.

On the 27 February 2019, the Commission for Gender Equality held a National Political Party Consultative Conference on Women’s Participation and Representation in the 2019 National/Provincial Elections, the ANC was one of the parties that was present and assured those in attendance about its internal policy that will guide the party in ensuring that gender parity is adhered to. The CGE believes that the ANC’s announcement on Monday is therefore a deviation from its commitment to promote 50/50 gender representation in the appointment of Provincial Premiers.

It is the CGE’s considered view that this decision is a regressive move in terms of the challenge of promoting gender equality in South African politics, especially at the highest levels of decision making in government. The post of Provincial Premier is of critical importance, not merely for reasons of political symbolism, but also because it is the highest political office at the second tier of government in South Africa. Just as the President of the Republic is the top national policy maker with constitutionally entrenched legislative and political powers, the post of Provincial Premier bears constitutional responsibility to lead the province in the implementation of policies and legislative programmes, including those that seek to promote gender equality.

It is for this reason that the CGE believes the appointment of mainly male Premiers is a significant step in the wrong direction. Having made commitment to various international and regional conventions, protocols, treaties that seek to ensure that South Africa attains gender equality and parity, these appointments do not indicate that the country is abiding to instruments it ratified.  While the CGE acknowledges the commitment of the ruling party to balance this reduction in the number of female Premiers by appointing female Speakers at the Provincial Legislatures, regardless of the Premier being male or female, is hardly an equivalent substitute or trade-off. The post of Speaker at the Provincial Legislature although important, does not bear the same constitutional, legislative and political authority as that of Provincial Premier.

The CGE would therefore like to call upon the ruling party to re-consider its decision, as this decision has not been implemented and also to state categorically that the application of the 50/50 principle of gender parity and representation of men and women in the appointment of Provincial Premiers and other senior level office bearers is a non-negotiable political principle. If the present status quo remains, then the Commission advocates that the Premier of the North West Province must be female.

ENDS,

Issued by: Commission for Gender Equality (CGE)

Date:  14 May 2019

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.

Twitter Handle: @CGE_ZA. Facebook Page: Gender Commission of South Africa. Toll Free Number: 0800 007 709. GBV Toll Free Number: 0800 428 428, Stop Gender Violence : 0800 150 150  Witness, Survivors  and victims of GBV can send Please Call Me at *120*7867#