Introduction to the role of the Commission for Gender Equality
The CGE is a constitutional entity, relied upon to ‘strengthen constitutional democracy’. The Constitution of South Africa, in creating a framework for a new society, has established a Bill of Rights in Chapter 2 of its first constitution of 1996. This is premised on the desire for a free and equal society in all fundamental and material aspects of life.
It is however internationally recognised that, notwithstanding the compounding effects of undemocratic political systems, society has suffered from millennia of patriarchy and male dominance in political, economic, social and cultural life. This requires a transformation in gender relations, to which end the Constitution has created the CGE to promote the substantive improvement in the quality and life experiences of the disadvantaged gender in society.
The CGE’s Organisational Design
The Commission operates at two levels, staff who are employed in terms of the Public Service conditions and Commissioners who are nominated by the public and appointed by the President following the recommendations from a multiparty parliamentary committee.