In order to achieve its objective as provided in Section 11 (b) (2) of the Commission ACT, the Commission’s Department of Public Education and Information shall:
Develop, Conduct or Manage Information and Educational Programmes,
To foster public understanding of the matters pertaining to the promotion on Gender Equality and the role and activities of the Commission.
The department Liaise and interact with organisations with the intent of promoting gender equality. It serves as an interface between the Commission and the public and also acts as the Public Relations arm of the Commission through its information dissemination. Answering all public enquiries about gender issues, gender equality and the work of the Commission.
The business objectives for the department are to:
- Ensure effective co-ordination and alignment between and within the national and provincial programmes taking provincial dynamics into account.
- Creates strategic linkages nationally to ensure mutual support, effective collaboration and recognition of the need to promote gender equality by:
- Markets the CGE at all levels.
- Identifies and liaises with men’s movements in order to effect democracy and gender equality.
- Collaborates with organisations that are fighting violence against women.
- Ensures gender equity and mainstreaming in government departments, through effective positioning and institutionalisation of Gender Focal Points at all levels of government and in collaboration with gender machinery.
1.2 INFORMATION & RESOURCE CENTRE (IRC)
In order to carry out its information-dissemination and education function, as well as expand its knowledge of matters related to gender equality, the Commission For Gender Equality (CGE) has established a specialized information & resource centre that functions as a reference library. The CGE aims to make the Information & Resource Centre accessible to a broad spectrum of users.
Who may use the CGE Information & Resource Centre?
The Staff of the Commission and commissioners are entitled to use the information & resource centre. It is also open to a broad range of users including organisations with interests similar to those of the CGE, officials from government departments, students as well as those involved in research, training and advocacy on gender equality and women’s issues.
The CGE information & resource centre strives to maintain an up-to-date collection in the field of gender equality and women-related issues. The Information & Resource Centre collects a broad range of books and subjects about women and gender issues in South Africa, with some international coverage.
The CGE information & resource centre currently collects subjects at the following levels:
- Domestic violence/ sexual violence/sexual assault rape
- Sex work (prostitution),human trafficking, Sexual harassment and stalking
- Women’s rights and gender studies
- Key legislation that affects gender equality and international issues
- Gender, Religion and Culture
- Conference Proceedings
- Law reports and Statutes
- Reproductive rights
The Information and Resource Centre acquires and collects official publications very selectively, given the accessibility of new official publications online.