Parliamentary Liaison Unit

The Unit had been set up to do the following:

The Parliamentary Unit was established to give effect to the broad mandate of the Commission which is to promote, protect, develop and attain gender equality. In addition there are specific mandatory obligations that made the establishment of a Parliamentary Unit vital namely Section 11(1) ( c ) and (d) of the Commission for Gender Equality Act 39 of 1996 as amended which provides as follows:

The Relevant Acts and International Instruments

The key legislation which furthers the CGE mandate are as follows:

  1. The CGE Act – sets out the powers and functions of the CGE and including the PLU.
  2. The Constitution – establishes the CGE and sets out the constitutional mandate.
  3. Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act (PEPUDA) – sets out additional powers and functions for the CGE.
  4. Conventional on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) – regarded as the international Bill of Rights for Women.
  5. African Charter on Human and People’s Rights (ACHPR).

The above legislation and international instruments provide a roadmap and tools for the PLU to pursue its noble goals namely to affirm the rights of women and their ability enjoy equal benefits and freedoms in society.