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Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Women In the Presidency to Attend CGE Legal Clinic at Siyabuswa, Dikgwale Community Hall, Dr. J. S. Moroka Local Municipality, Mpumalanga Province

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Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Women In the Presidency to Attend CGE Legal Clinic at Siyabuswa, Dikgwale Community Hall, Dr. J. S. Moroka Local Municipality, Mpumalanga Province

Date:  30 March 2017
Time:  10h00 – 13h00
RSVP: Javu Baloyi

           Javu@cge.org.za or 083 579 3306

On the 30th March 2017 Members of Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Women in the Presidency, led by Committee Chairperson Honourable Thandi Memela, will attend a Legal Clinic to be conducted by the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE). This event will take place in Siyabuswa, Dikgwale Community Hall, in the Dr. J. S. Moroka Local Municipality in the Mpumalanga Province. The Legal Clinic became necessary due to the consultative meeting which the CGE held with the community members during its recent awareness campaigns on Gender Based Violence, Sexual Offences, issues of Land and Agriculture, Child Headed Families, Substance Abuse, HIV and AIDS.

 

The visit to Mpumalanga by the Portfolio Committee is part of its oversight work, and comes at an opportune time, as Community members are increasingly dissatisfied with a range of gendered issues that are not being addressed in their area.  Members of the Committee will therefore utilize this opportunity to engage directly with local community members as part of their oversight work and assess the extent to which gender related issues are being addressed by local government.

 

Representatives of the Dr. J. S. Moroka Local Municipality, local church leaders, traditional leaders, civic organisations, gender activists, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and women formations are expected to attend the event. The CGE is therefore inviting members of the media to be part of this event, as Portfolio Committee Members will be expected to address community members and local authorities on issues of concern to be identified for possible policy responses and intervention.

The CGE’s constitutional mandate is to promote respect for gender equality and the protection, development and attainment of gender equality. The Legal Clinic will therefore serve as an opportunity for the CGE and Parliament’s Portfolio Committee to jointly hold local authorities accountable and ensure effective responses to the needs of local community members.

 

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