Attention: Editors, Producers and Reporters
15 June 2018
Gender Commission Commemorates Youth Day
42 years ago, South African youth took to the street to fight against apartheid system that was so oppressive. This historic moment greatly contributed to the fall of the apartheid regime leading to a new dawn in 1994 of inclusivity alive with opportunities and hope. This year’s June 16 is commemorated under the theme “Leave no child behind for Africa’s Development”. Interestingly the day has been adopted by the African Union (AU) as the Day of the African Child. This recognition is also an indication or a message to African youth across the continent that they can be the change that they want to see in their countries and surroundings. Only they can take an inspiration to the heroes and heroines of 1976.
The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) therefore sends its heartfelt appreciation to the enormous sacrifices made by the Youth of 1976. The Commission says this cognisant of the fact that despite all their sacrifices the current generation of youth are confronted with new challenges. The CGE is calling on the youth to promote and advance gender equality. To continuously stand by the vulnerable groups including LGBTIQ people in our communities. The youth in advancement of gender equality must raise their voices on issues pertaining to abuse of women and children (Gender-Based Violence), scourge of HIV and AIDS, economic freedom, inequality, teen pregnancy, child marriages, patriarchy #Patriachymustfall etc.
In commemorating of this momentous occasion, let the youth not forget the journey ahead and its many challenges. The CGE calls upon the youth to make good on the opportune moment tomorrow in recalling the good that came out of the June 16 uprising and rally around each other and unite behind one common goal that of ensuring a better future for all, wherein gender equality will be realised.
Issued by: Commission for Gender Equality (CGE)
Date: 15 June 2018
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.