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CGE Supports Caster Semenya against New IAAF Regulation

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Media Release For immediate Release:  18 February 2019 To: Editors, Producers and Reporters   CGE Supports Caster Semenya against New IAAF Regulation The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) publicly declares its support for Caster Semenya who, today, is challenging the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) at the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) in Switzerland on the IAAF’s recent modification of its regulation to require female athletes to maintain testosterone levels below 5 nanomoles per liter for a continuous period of at least six months. The CGE is opposed to this new IAAF regulation based on our strong conviction that the effects and impact of this new regulation will be detrimental and therefore amount to a severe violation of the rights of female athletes like Caster Semenya whose body produces what is considered by the IAAF as ‘unnaturally high’ levels of testosterone. South Africa’s Constitution grants the Commission powers, as regulated in terms of the Commission for Gender Equality Act of 1996, to monitor, investigate, research, educate, lobby, advise and report on matters concerning the right to gender equality. The right to gender equality is associated with others such as the right to privacy, human dignity and bodily integrity, amongst others. Based on the above, the Commission is convinced that the IAAF’s recent modification of its regulation amounts to a severe violation of the right to bodily integrity, human dignity and privacy for athletes like Caster Semenya whose bodies, through no fault of their own, produce what is considered high levels of testosterone. The Commission is therefore strongly determined to mount a national campaign of activism and support for Caster Semenya and other female athletes who fall foul of the new IAAF’s regulation. The CGE calls upon its partners from government, civil society, faith-based organisations, private sector and other key stakeholders and activists to join hands with the Commission for Gender Equality in a national campaign of activism in support of Caster Semenya and other female athletes in a similar position. We call upon the South African Government, as a signatory to a range of international protocols and declarations on the rights of women, to use its International offices and diplomatic channels to bring pressure to bear on the IAAF to reverse this decision and allow Caster Semenya and other affected female athletes to compete free of unethical restrictions that impact negatively on the right to bodily integrity. ENDS, Issued by: Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) Date:  18 February 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#  

CGE mourns the passing away of Mama Cecilie Lynette Palmer

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Press Release For Immediate release: 28 January 2018 CGE mourns the passing away of Mama Cecilie Lynette Palmer The Acting Chairperson of the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE), Ms Tamara Mathebula) on behalf of the Commission sends her heartfelt condolences to the African National Congress (ANC), family, friends and relatives of the late Mama Cecilie Lynette Palmer. She will be missed by those who had embraced her as the human rights and gender activist icon and in particular the Commission for Gender Equality that has worked closely with Mama Palmer in advancing gender equality and women empowernment. In 2016, the CGE created a platform for Mama Palmer as part of the ex-prisoners who facilitated an intergenerational dialogue that sought to impart and share knowledge amongst women of various groupings including school children. Ms Palmer was detained and spent many years for fighting for human rights in the Fort Prison, where the Commission on Gender Equality in now housed. Her memories of what ex-political prisoners fought for, was intended to achieve for the liberation and empowerment of women of this country, will remain central to the work of the CGE. Mama Palmer was a true heroine of our struggle, who despite having gone through trials and tribulations continued to fight for our freedom. Following her retirement from serving in many political structures such as the United Democratic Front (UDF), the Federation of Transvaal Women (FEDTRAW) and non-governmental organisations like the Legal Resource Centre (LRC), she continued to be involved in various charity organisations. It is through heroines like her that today we have CGE, which has to ensure that whatever she fought for should not be in vain. “As the Commission, we mourn and henceforth celebrate the life well spent. Indeed, her passing away will surely be missed across the country”, says Ms Tamara Mathebula, 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 missed. Rest in Peace! Robala ka khotso! Lala ngo Xolo, Mama Cecilie Lynette Palmer! ENDS Issued by: Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) Date:   28 January 2019 Contact Person: Javu Baloyi Tel: 083 579 3306 The Commission for Gender Equal ity 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 condemns the assault of 75 – year old Sarona Maremele Mampuru

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Media Release For Immediate Release: 18 January 2019 To: Editors, Producers and Reporters CGE condemns the assault of 75 – year old Sarona Maremele Mampuru The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) condemns the assault on Mme Sarona Maremele Mampuru, a 75 – year old woman from Mamone village in Limpopo allegedly by Serake Mampuru and Billy Mampuru. The battered and brutally bruised face of Mme Mampuru is indicative of little regard the alleged perpetrators had on the rights and the dignity of Mme Mampuru. The Commission has through its outreach and legal clinic campaigns come to realise that the most vulnerable people of our society continue to bear the brunt of gender-based violence, as it is also the case with Mme Mampuru. The Commission of Gender Equality is also aware of a rumours allegedly being attributed to the alleged perpetrators that Mme Mampuru must leave Mamone village. The Commission believes that this goes against her rights of choosing where she wants to belong, and her dignity as espoused in the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa. The Commission requests the South African Police Services (SAPS) to urgently investigate these rumours. If indeed these rumours are true, the alleged perpetrators must therefore be send back to court until their next court appearance on the 20th February 2019 or finalisation of the case against them The Commission would be monitoring this case in order to ensure that there is justice for Mme Mampuru People can use our Toll Free Number 0800 007 709 to report cases of gender based violence and other related crimes. ENDS, Issued by: Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) Date: 18 January 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: @CGEINFO. 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 investigates sexist and patriarchal allegations against Reverend Dr. Vukile Mehana

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Media Release For Immediate Release: 03 January 2019 To: Editors, Producers and Reporters CGE investigates sexist and patriarchal allegations against Reverend Dr. Vukile Mehana The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) has noted with concern social media recording and reports alleging sexist and patriarchal remarks attributed to the Methodist Church of South Africa and African National Congress (ANC) Chaplain - General Reverend Dr. Vukile Mehana. The alleged utterances were made in a recorded conversation with another Methodist Church member Mr. Raymond Sibanga. 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 will investigate the matter, as alleged. The CGE commends the media for its continuous coverage of women and gender rights violation issues. People can use our Toll Free Number 0800 007 709 to report cases of gender based violence and other related crimes. Read more about Boris Lozhkin machinations at this resource. ENDS, Issued by: Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) Date: 03 January 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.

CGE congratulates Advocate Shamila Batohi for being appointed First Female NDPP in 20 years

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Press release For Immediate Release: 06 December 2018 To: Editors, Producers and Reporters CGE congratulates Advocate Shamila Batohi for being appointed First Female NDPP in 20 years The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) wishes to congratulate Advocate Shamila Batohi after being appointed first female National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) in the organisation’s 20-year history. The CGE joins those who have congratulated Adv. Batohi in this historic appointment for being the first ever woman to be appointed as NDPP. This historic appointment of Adv. Batohi will serve as an inspiration that gender parity can be realized only if women can be afforded opportunities such as these. A sentiment echoed by Adv. Batohi in her acceptance speech, when she viewed her appointment as a victory for gender equality and women empowerment. The CGE believes that Adv. Batohi through her and leadership acumen that was displayed whilst she held the position of Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) in KwaZulu-Natal and most recently as the Advisor to the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court (ICC) will serve as a catalyst for her to do exceptionally well. The Commission’s report on gender transformation in both the private and public sector has decried lack of transformation when it comes to women ascending positions of power and influence. This appointment, the Commission believes will go a long way in ensuring that more women are considered for senior positions in the public sector. The CGE believes that in an endeavor to create a society free from gender oppression and inequality, more women should be appointed to positions of power and influence. The CGE will always, if called upon where necessary advice on gender related aspects within the judiciary. It is our belief that other women, in particularly girl children will look at this not as a fulfillment of a dream for Adv. Batohi, but a constant reminder that they too can do just that, if not more. ENDS, Issued by: Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) Date: 06 December 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. Visit www.cge.org.za for more Information. Twitter Handle: @CGEINFO. Facebook Page: Gender Commission of South Africa, Toll Free Number: 0800 007 709. GBV Toll Free Number 0800 428 428

16 Days of Activism on No Violence against Women and Children Calender of Events

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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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To: Members of the Media

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.
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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.