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Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Women to Attend CGE Community Legal Clinic at Tivumbeni Education Multipurpose Centre, Nkowankowa, Greater Tzaneen Municipality, Limpopo Province

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On the 17th September 2015 Members of Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Women, led by Committee Chairperson Honourable Thandi Memela, will attend a Community Outreach event and a Legal Clinic to be conducted by the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE). This event will take place at Tivumbeni Education Multipurpose Centre, in the Greater Tzaneen Municipality, Nkowankowa in Limpopo Province. The Community Outreach event and Legal Clinic under the theme “promoting gender equality and access to justice”, is part of CGE’s Constitutional and Legal mandate to render legal advice to community members and assist them with challenges they may be experiencing. Amongst the issues that will be discussed on the day are Maintenance, Customary Marriages, Domestic Violence, Estates, Widowhood, etc. The visit to the Limpopo Province by the Portfolio Committee is part of its oversight work, and comes at an opportune moment, as they will observe for themselves how CGE engages with community members and assist them in their complaints. Members of the Committee will also utilize this opportunity to engage directly with local community members as part of their oversight work and assess the extent to which such issues of concern are being addressed by local government. Representatives of the Greater Tzaneen Municipality, local church leaders, traditional leaders, civic organisations, gender activists and non-governmental organisations are expected to attend the event. The CGE is therefore inviting members of the media to be part of this event, as Portfolio Committee Members will be expected to address community members and local authorities on issues to be identified for possible policy responses and intervention. The CGE’s constitutional mandate is to promote respect for gender equality and the protection, development and attainment of gender equality. The Community Outreach and Legal Clinic will therefore serve as an opportunity for the CGE and Parliament’s Portfolio Committee to jointly receive gender related complaints and other developmental issues that need the attention of Parliament.

TAKING THE RIGHTS OF WIDOWS TO A HIGHER LEVEL KWAZULU-NATAL SUMMIT ON WIDOWHOOD 4-5 SEPTEMBER 2015, DURBAN

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For centuries, the lives of widows in Africa have been marked by exclusion, marginalization and cruel community customs. Low-income widows have even less opportunities to improve their lives and live with dignity. This is also the case in relation to the experience of widows in South Africa, and the province of KwaZulu-Natal. Widows in KwaZulu-Natal speak to numerous obstacles to claiming their property rights, including low levels of awareness of their rights, challenges in accessing justice, the time and expense of pursuing claims, and the social stigma and resulting discriminatory treatment upon being considered greedy or traitors to culture if they assert their rights. Low educational and awareness levels of women, especially in rural areas, widespread patriarchal values and practices, and unsuccessful attempts by widows’ organisations to influence change, have meant that previous interventions in response to widows’ concerns, at provincial and national level, have not been effective. The Constitution of the Republic of South Africa guarantees to ensure dignity, equal opportunities and active participation in all walks of life, of all people, irrespective of grounds including race, gender, sex, marital status, age, religion, belief or culture. Therefore the rights of widows, just as for all categories of women, need to be upheld, promoted and protected, and discriminatory and harmful practices eliminated. It is within this context, that the Office of the Premier, KwaZulu-Natal is convening a Provincial summit on widowhood, to be held in Durban on 4-5 September 2015. Relevant stakeholders have been invited to address the approximately 450 widows who will be attending the event, from all corners of the province, to respond to their issues of concern and strategise on taking these forward. The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) has been working with the Office of the Premier in addressing the gender equality issues in relation to widowhood, and will be in attendance at the summit to present on their study findings and to monitor and follow-up on outcomes emerging. Dignitaries present at the event will include: The Premier of KwaZulu-Natal, Mr Senzo Mchunu; MEC Weziwe Thusi, Department of Social Development, the First Lady of the Province, Ms Thandeka Mchunu; and Commissioner Janine Hicks, CGE. Members of the media are invited to attend to cover the event, and engage with speakers and participants on issues emerging on both days. For additional information, kindly contact: Mr Thami Ngwenya, Head: Provincial Government Communication, Office of the Premier (0605729881) Mr Regi Khumalo, Media Liaison, Office of the Premier (0797516108) Mr Javu Baloyi, Spokesperson, Commission for Gender Equality (083 579 3306; javu@cge.org.za)

To: Invitation to members of the Media – Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Women to Attend CGE Community Outreach Event and a Legal Clinic at Ncerha Villages, Buffalo City Metro, Eastern Cape

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To: Invitation to members of the Media: Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Women to Attend CGE Community Outreach Event and a Legal Clinic at Ncerha Villages, Buffalo City Metro, Eastern Cape Date: 17 July 2015 Time: 09h30 – 16h00 RSVP: Javu Baloyi. Javu@cge.org.za or 083 579 3306 On the 23rd July 2014 Members of Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Women, led by Committee Chairperson Honourable Thandi Memela, will attend a Community Outreach event and a Legal Clinic to be conducted by the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE). This event will take place at Ncerha Villages, in the Buffalo City Municipality in Eastern Cape province. The Community Outreach event and Legal Clinic became necessary due to numerous complaints received by the CGE from community members during its recent awareness campaigns on poverty, food security, access to land and women empowerment. The visit to the Eastern Cape by the Portfolio Committee is part of its oversight work, and comes at an opportune moment, especially at the time when Community members are increasingly dissatisfied with a range of service delivery related issues in their areas. Members of the Committee will therefore utilize this opportunity to engage directly with local community members as part of their oversight work and assess the extent to which such issues of concern are being addressed by local government. Representatives of the Buffalo City Metro, local church leaders, traditional leaders, civic organisations, gender activists, non-governmental organisations and women formations are expected to attend the event. The CGE is therefore inviting members of the media to be part of this event, as Portfolio Committee Members will be expected to address community members and local authorities on issues of concern to be identified for possible policy responses and intervention. The CGE’s constitutional mandate is to promote respect for gender equality and the protection, development and attainment of gender equality. The Community Outreach and Legal Clinic will therefore serve as an opportunity for the CGE and Parliament’s Portfolio Committee to jointly hold local authorities accountable and ensure effective responses to the needs of local community members. Ends,

CGE and the Office of the Military Ombud enter into collaborative agreement

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The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) and the Office of the Military Ombud (OMO) will be signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 22 April 2015, in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. The agreement aims to strengthen cooperation between the two institutions on matters of common interests as stipulated by their mandates. The collaborative effort between the two institutions also is in line with the provision and spirit of the constitution of South Africa which clearly spells out that all spheres of government and all organs of state within each sphere must co-operate with one another in mutual trust and in good faith by, inter alia, fostering sound business relations and mutually assisting and supporting one another on matters of common interest. The CGE Act (No. 39 of 1996) requires the CGE to promote respect for and protect gender equality. The Military Ombud Act (No. 4 of 2012 ) empowers the OMO to investigate complaints lodged by either current or former members of South African Defence Force (SANDF) regarding conditions of service as well as complaints lodged by the public regarding the official conduct of members of SANDF. In this context, issues pertaining to gender equality, gender transformation and gender mainstreaming are bound to find expression in future complaints that are to be received by the OMO in its dealings with the public and other complainants within the military sector. It was in anticipation of this phenomenon that the CGE and the OMO will in future work together on gender related matters. The MoU to be signed puts specific emphasis on cooperation that is to be created through the legal departments of both institutions. For instance, the MoU will ensure that both institutions make referrals to each other on complaints falling within their mandates. The MoU gives former SANDF members and current SANDF members, who cannot access the Office of the Military Ombud due to proximity, the opportunity to lodge gender related complaints with the CGE in its various provincial offices and these complaints could be referred to the Military Ombud or handled together by both institutions if necessary for speedy resolutions. Apart from the complaints resolution processes of the CGE and the OMO, the agreement also makes provision for joint collaborations on advocacy matters and raising awareness on issues of gender equality, gender transformation, gender discrimination and sexual harassment. Are you looking for plus size swimwear cheap online? Shop the greatest selection of Plus Size Swimwear at SwimwearLux for women and girls with free delivery to United States, Canada, UK, Australia. Use promo-code "SWIMLUX2018" for additional discount up to 50% OFF. It is anticipated that the MoU, especially the elements contained in it will become a catalyst in complaints handling, interface between the public and military institutions (in the context of gender related matters), and serving the public with integrity and professionalism ENDS, Issued by: Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) Date: 22 April 2015 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.

CGE presents reports before the Portfolio Committee on Women in the Presidency

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On 21 April, the Portfolio Committee on Women in the Presidency has invited the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) to brief them on the following reports published by the Commission: • 57 Session of the Commission on Status of Women in New York from 4 – 15 March 2013. • Report of the Commission for Gender Equality on India, Brazil and South Africa (IBSA) Women Conference 2013 in New Delhi, India from 14 -16 May 2013. • Report of the Commission for Gender Equality on Out of Mind, Out of Sight: Reviewing the implementation of the 365 Days of Action to End Violence against women and children. • Report of the Commission for Gender Equality on Expectations unfulfilled: Assessing the effectiveness of the National Council on Gender Based Violence. • Report of the Commission for Gender Equality on mainstreaming gender in the Public Sector: Reviewing progress in the Departments of Police and Science and Technology. • Research report on assessing the effectiveness of Gender Focal Points in South Africa, 2013. • Consolidated report on Court monitoring-assessment for 2013-14. • National Gender Summit 2014 report. • From rhetoric to gender reality: Women’s participation and representation in South Africa’s 2014 elections. The invitation by the Portfolio Committee is in line with the CGE’s mandate which is to promote and protect gender equality, advise and make recommendations to Parliament or any other legislature with regard to any laws or proposed legislation which affects gender equality and the status of women. CGE hopes that the above-mentioned reports will assist in enhancing the oversight role of Parliament. The Scariest Halloween Costume Ideas 2018 - Find Best Scary Halloween Costumes 2018 - The #1 Collection of Scary Costumes For Women, Men, and Kids on The Web - Shop Scary Halloween Costumes 2018 online in United States! ENDS, Issued by: Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) Date: 20 April 2015 Contact Person: Javu Baloyi

Forum of Institutions Supporting Democracy in South Africa Unequivocally Condemns Attacks on Foreign Nationals

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We, the Chairpersons of the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE), South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), Financial and Fiscal Commission (FFC), Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities (CRL Commission), Office of the Public Service Commission (OPSC), Office of the Public Protector (OPP), Pan South African Language Board (PANSALB), Public Service Commission (PSC), and the Auditor-General (AG) of South Africa, wish to categorically express our utter dismay and condemnation of the widespread violent attacks, including the killing, of foreign nationals currently residing in our country. The Forum of Institutions Supporting Democracy (FISD) is strongly opposed to any form of violence, whether from organized entities or ordinary members of our communities from any part of the country. The Forum also calls upon the government and all law enforcement bodies, particularly the South African Police, our community leaders, religious leaders, traditional leaders and political leaders at national, provincial and local community levels to not only condemn this scourge of xenophobia, but also to mobilize our country’s collective moral and other resources to ensure that no one’s human rights are violated on South African soil, irrespective of the reasons. We, on behalf of all the Constitutional Bodies, wish to state unequivocally that South Africa’s Constitution was founded on recognition of the sanctity of life and the right of everyone, whether South African or not, to enjoy the basic Human Rights contained in our Constitution. This is violation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) where member States have pledged themselves to achieve, in cooperation with the United Nations, promotion of the universal respect for and observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms. Not only is what is happening in violation of the Bill of Rights in South Africa’s Constitution it is a violation of pertinent articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Article 3: everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person Article 5: no one shall be subjected to torture, or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment Article 13 (1) everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state Article 13(2) everyone has the right to leave any country, including his /her own and to return to his country We therefore call upon fellow South Africans to respect and uphold these Human Rights at all times. We also call upon South Africans, All spheres of Government, Private Sector and Constitutional Bodies to do and support the following actions: • Criminal Justice Organs should investigate, and arrest and prosecute all perpetrators sexoprague.com/cz/ • Need to support and provide information to Judge Pillay Head of the Task Team appointed by the Premier of KwaZulu-Natal to investigate the underlying causes of the xenophobic attacks in KZN. • Call upon all leaders to desist from uttering provocative remarks • National summit should be convened by the Department of Home Affairs and Department of Arts and Culture to deal with xenophobic attacks and social cohesion and • Call upon media institutions and use of social media in a responsive manner instead of inciting violence as some of them seem to be doing. Issued jointly by the Forum of Institutions Supporting Democracy Date: 17 April 2015 For more information, contact: Ansuyah Maharaj Dowra Ph 011 2072349 / 079 510 5316 / ansuyah@ffc.co.za

Invitation to the signing of a historic agreement between CGE and Office of the Military Ombud

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Date: 22 April 2015 Time: 09h30-12h00 Venue: 2 Kotze Street, Women’s Jail, East Wing, Constitution Hill, Braamfontein, 2001 RSVP: Javu Baloyi. Javu@cge.org.za or 083 579 3306 On 22 April 2015, the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) and the Office of the Military Ombud (OMO) will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which aims to strengthen the working relationship between the two institutions. It should be noted that the Office of the Military Ombud as per its institutional mandate seeks to investigate complaints lodged by either current or former members of the South African National Defence Force regarding conditions of service and complaints lodged by the public regarding the official conduct of members of the Defence Force, whereas the CGE’s mandate aims to promote and protect gender equality, advise and make recommendations to Parliament or any other legislature with regard to any laws or proposed legislation which affects gender equality and the status of women. From the mandates of both institutions it emerges that the common link is that of serving the public respectively (as per each mandate) and to this end it is envisaged that issues that pertain to gender within the context of equality or inequalities may come to the fore in the regular operations of these institutions, in various ways. This is also in particular reference to the fact that Military institutions worldwide have been male dominated (historically) and to some extent, gender transformation remains a key factor in reaching the objective of gender equality. The MoU therefore covers matters that pertain to gender mainstreaming, co-operating on issues of mutual interest through collaborations, and as such both institutions will work jointly on advocacy issues within the scope of gender equality and transformation. cvv shop Mr. Mfanozelwe Shozi, the Chairperson of the Commission for Gender Equality and Lieutenant General (Ret) T.T. Matanzima, the Military Ombud, will be signing the MoU on behalf of their respective institutions. Ends,

2015 marks a significant landmark in terms of Human Rights and Gender Equality

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South Africans on 21 March will be observing and celebrating human rights day looking back at the gains and challenges that have been achieved in the past 20 years in terms of human rights and gender equality. 2015 also heralds a significant landmark in terms of human rights and gender equality. South Africa will be reporting before the CEDAW (Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Abuse against Women) Committee on the gains and challenges on the attainment of gender equality. Equally 2015 has been declared by AU (African Union) as a “Decade of African Women. The SADC Protocol on Gender and Development also sets up measurable goals towards the attainment of gender equality. This year will also a shift from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) with the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs have specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound goals that will go a long way in ensuring that gender equality is realised and that the world is a better place for all. The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE), during the human rights month, will be embarking in various activities to create awareness to women and girls on their rights. We will also be creating platforms for women to “speak out” on the violation of their rights, hence also asking men to play a significant role in ensuring that they work together with women in curbing gender based violence. “It is critical important for society to note that women rights are human rights and to insist on respect for and access to them”, Said Thoko Mpumlwana, the Acting Chairperson of the Commission for Gender Equality. It is the Commission’s wish that many people benefit from our human rights campaign run together with various media platforms and in collaborations with other Chapter 9 Institutions in ensuring that right-based issues with regard to gender equality are realised. Buy online for sale prices Best Halloween Costumes 2018 at Halloweeneo.com - shop Halloween costume ideas 2018 for kids, adults, pets - the ultimate selection of new design Halloween costume ideas 2018 for cheapest prices - visit Halloweeneo online store for 50 000+ costumes! ENDS, Issued by: Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) Date: 20 March 2015 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.

CGE bids farewell to Minister Collins Chabane

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The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) sends its heartfelt condolescenes to Minister Collins Chabane (Minister of Public Service and Administration), Sergeants Lesiba Sekele and Lawrence Lentsoane, their families, South African Police Services (SAPS), the African National Congress (ANC), the music industry and their comrades. Minister Chabane and his bodyguards sadly met their untimely death on the road accident 30km outside Polokwane. On 10 April 2014, Minister Collins Chabane in his capacity as the Minister in the Presidency responsible for Performance, Monitoring and Evaluation during his key note address at the National Gender Equality Summit hosted by the Commission of Gender Equality was quoted as saying “Gender Equality is not the responsibility of women alone, but requires equal participation of men too. Men must stand up and be counted in an endeavour to build a non-sexiest society”. “As the Commission we mourn his death and celebrate the life of a gallant proponent of gender equality who was not afraid to speak his mind on issues of patriarchy and gender stereotypes”, said Ms Thoko Mpumlwana, the Acting Chairperson of the Commission for Gender Equality. 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”, Thoko Mpumlwana added. To Mrs Mavis Chabane and the children, the CGE thank you for sharing Minister Chabane with the nation May your soul rest in peace, Etlela hi Kurhula, Minister Chabane! ENDS, Issued by: Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) Date: 16 March 2015 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. Pripučiamų batutų pardavimas už gerą kainą: Inflo.lt

Flabba’s death puts back on the spotlight yet another GBV case

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On 09 March, South Africans woke up to news reports from the media concerning the death of musician Nkululeko Habedi, also known as “Flabba”, a founding member of the hip hop group Skwatta Kamp. Based on several sources and news reports it is alleged that Habedi died in the hands of his intimate partner. His death brings back the spotlight on the issues of gender based violence particularly intimate partner violence. During 16 Days of Activism in 2014 the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) used various fora or platforms to highlight the worrying and increasing numbers in intimate partner killings. The Commission sends condolences to Habedi’s family and trust that they would find comfort during these trying times. As part of our Constitutional and Legal Mandate the Commission will be monitoring this case in ensuring that both the accused and the victims receive a fair trial. We call upon the supporters and fans of Habedi, aka “Flabba” to respect the rule of law and trust that the court will administer justice without bias and prejudice. The Commission’s court monitoring processes of the Oscar Pistorious case has convinced us that a speedy conclusion of cases of gender based violence can be realised, and it is for this reason that we hope that the same occurs in the Habedi case; hence we encourage the public and family of Habedi to stay put and allow the law to take its course. We once again implore South Africans to join hands as part of the 365 Days of Activism to continue raising awareness and advocating against the scourge of gender based violence. The Commission condemns any kind of gender based violence committed regardless of the gender of the person who commits it. We hope that people will start learning alternative ways of resolving conflicts as an ethos without resorting to violence. Shop online for stylish Islamic clothing designed for modern Muslim women and men. Ethically-made, international shipping and easy returns. The greatest selection of Islamic clothes with free delivery to United States, and worldwide. Modern and modest muslim clothing that fits your unique style and look. Use "2018FASHION" promocode to get discount up to 50% OFF! ENDS, Issued by: Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) Date: 11 March 2015 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.