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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.

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Commission for Gender Equality Monitors 2019 National and Provincial Elections

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Media Release For immediate Release:  06 May 2019 To: Editors, Producers and Reporters   Commission for Gender Equality Monitors 2019 National and Provincial Elections On the 08 May 2019, the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) Commissioners, Management and Staff would be monitoring the 2019 National and Provincial Elections. Empowered by Section 187 (2) of the CGE Act of 1996 (as amended), the Commission has the responsibility to monitor and assess the actions of state and non-state institutions in the furtherance of the country’s constitutional obligation to promote, protect and advance gender equality in South Africa. In respect of this constitutional obligation, the CGE will examine, monitor the forthcoming 2019 National and Provincial elections to ensure that gender equality and transformation in general, and women’s electoral representation and participation are factored into all key stages and phases of the electoral process. The CGE has since 2009 monitored and observed the National and Provincial elections. Prior to the elections, the Commission invited political parties following a lengthy process of analysing their manifestoes and party lists for them to outline or address some of the key challenges in respect of gender issues (i.e. gender based violence, sexual harassment in the workplace, unequal pay gap between men and women. Women’s representation in political parties and government, the rights of members of the LGBTI community, people with disabilities etc) facing the country as it seeks to realise the goal of gender equality and transformation. The monitoring process and other processes that the CGE had embarked upon as part of the study on the 2019 National and Provincial elections will ultimately culminate in a report that would be shared with various Stakeholders including the Independent Electoral Commission of South Africa (IECSA). The report will also be presented before the relevant Portfolio Committee (s) in Parliament. ENDS, Issued by: Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) Date:  06 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#    

#GBVF Summit declaration signing: A turning point in eradicating GBV and Femicide in South Africa

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Media Release For Immediate Release: 12 April 2019 To: Editors, Producers and Reporters #GBVF Summit declaration signing: A turning point in eradicating GBV and Femicide in South Africa The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) is a Constitutional body established by the Commission on Gender Equality Act 39 of 1996 to support democracy and promote gender equality. Its Constitutional mandate is to promote respect for gender equality and the protection, development and attainment of gender equality. Section 187 (2) of the constitution of the Republic of South Africa Act 108 of 1996 provides that the CGE has the power, as regulated by national legislation, necessary to perform its functions, including the power to monitor, investigate, research, educate, lobby, advise and report on issues concerning gender equality. The CGE is committed to creating a society free from gender discrimination and a society where people shall have the opportunities and means to realize their potential regardless of gender, race, class, religion, disability or geographic location. The CGE further monitors and evaluate the policies and practices of organs of State and compliance governments compliance with international conventions with respect to gender equality such as CEDAW, Beijing Platform for Action, the AU Maputo Protocol etc … The CGE as a human right based organization and an institution supporting democracy applauds the decisive actions taken by the Honourable President of the Republic of South Africa Mr. Cyril Ramaphosa in signing the #GBVF Summit Declaration. The signing heralded as a turning point in the fight against gender based violence and femicide is a result of the march on 01 August 2018 by the  #TotalShutDown Movement, Civil Society Organisations and the Commission for Gender Equality. This historical event has gone down in the history of South Africa as a moment when women from walks of life come together to call for the end of GBV and Femicide that has reached its highest proportion. The CGE senior leadership has been part of the summit and has served as an Expert Advisor in the preparation of the inaugural Gender Based Violence Summit hosted by the President 1-2 November 2018. The CGE was part of the summit declaration drafters, read the Summit declaration and the current Acting Chairperson witnessed the signing of the GBV Summit Declaration. Noting all the various roles that the CGE has played in the past and present, the Commission (CGE) is committed to its mandate of monitoring and evaluating policies and practice of the organs of state. It is on this premise that the Commission will be following closely all the developments post the signing of the declaration including among others, the establishment of the GBV Council, the development of the National Strategic Plan (NSP) on GBV and Femicide and budget within the agreed timeframes. 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: 12 April 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 investigates a matter between Gugu Ncube and UNISA

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Media Release For Immediate Release: 17 March 2019 To: Editors, Producers and Reporters CGE investigates a matter between Gugu Ncube and UNISA The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) can confirm that it has received a formal complaint from Ms Gugu Ncube alleging sexual harassment against a University of South Africa Centre for Early Childhood Education (UCECE) board member. 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. Once the Commission’s investigation is finalised, a report will be released making the findings and recommendations known to the public. 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: 17 March 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 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.