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CGE investigates a matter between Gugu Ncube and UNISA

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Media Release For Immediate Release: 17 March 2019 To: Editors, Producers and Reporters CGE investigates a matter between Gugu Ncube and UNISA The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) can confirm that it has received a formal complaint from Ms Gugu Ncube alleging sexual harassment against a University of South Africa Centre for Early Childhood Education (UCECE) board member. As empowered by Section 187 Constitution of the Republic of South Africa and the CGE Act 39 0f 1996, as amended, Section 11 (1) (e) the Commission shall investigate any gender -related issues of its own accord or receipt of a complaint, and shall endeavour to resolve any dispute or rectify any act or omission by mediation, conciliation or negotiation. Once the Commission’s investigation is finalised, a report will be released making the findings and recommendations known to the public. People can use our Toll Free Number 0800 007 709 to report cases of gender based violence and other related crimes. ENDS, Issued by: Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) Date: 17 March 2019 Contact Person: Javu Baloyi Tel: 083 579 3306 The Commission for Gender Equality is established in terms of Section 187 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. Twitter Handle: @CGE_ZA. Facebook Page: Gender Commission of South Africa. Toll Free Number: 0800 007 709. GBV Toll Free Number: 0800 428 428  Witness, Survivors  and victims of GBV can send Please Call Me at *120*7867#  

CGE Supports Caster Semenya against New IAAF Regulation

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Media Release For immediate Release:  18 February 2019 To: Editors, Producers and Reporters   CGE Supports Caster Semenya against New IAAF Regulation The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) publicly declares its support for Caster Semenya who, today, is challenging the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) at the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) in Switzerland on the IAAF’s recent modification of its regulation to require female athletes to maintain testosterone levels below 5 nanomoles per liter for a continuous period of at least six months. The CGE is opposed to this new IAAF regulation based on our strong conviction that the effects and impact of this new regulation will be detrimental and therefore amount to a severe violation of the rights of female athletes like Caster Semenya whose body produces what is considered by the IAAF as ‘unnaturally high’ levels of testosterone. South Africa’s Constitution grants the Commission powers, as regulated in terms of the Commission for Gender Equality Act of 1996, to monitor, investigate, research, educate, lobby, advise and report on matters concerning the right to gender equality. The right to gender equality is associated with others such as the right to privacy, human dignity and bodily integrity, amongst others. Based on the above, the Commission is convinced that the IAAF’s recent modification of its regulation amounts to a severe violation of the right to bodily integrity, human dignity and privacy for athletes like Caster Semenya whose bodies, through no fault of their own, produce what is considered high levels of testosterone. The Commission is therefore strongly determined to mount a national campaign of activism and support for Caster Semenya and other female athletes who fall foul of the new IAAF’s regulation. The CGE calls upon its partners from government, civil society, faith-based organisations, private sector and other key stakeholders and activists to join hands with the Commission for Gender Equality in a national campaign of activism in support of Caster Semenya and other female athletes in a similar position. We call upon the South African Government, as a signatory to a range of international protocols and declarations on the rights of women, to use its International offices and diplomatic channels to bring pressure to bear on the IAAF to reverse this decision and allow Caster Semenya and other affected female athletes to compete free of unethical restrictions that impact negatively on the right to bodily integrity. ENDS, Issued by: Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) Date:  18 February 2019 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. Twitter Handle: @CGE_ZA. Facebook Page: Gender Commission of South Africa. Toll Free Number: 0800 007 709. GBV Toll Free Number: 0800 428 428, Stop Gender Violence : 0800 150 150  Witness, Survivors  and victims of GBV can send Please Call Me at *120*7867#  

CGE mourns the passing away of Mama Cecilie Lynette Palmer

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Press Release For Immediate release: 28 January 2018 CGE mourns the passing away of Mama Cecilie Lynette Palmer The Acting Chairperson of the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE), Ms Tamara Mathebula) on behalf of the Commission sends her heartfelt condolences to the African National Congress (ANC), family, friends and relatives of the late Mama Cecilie Lynette Palmer. She will be missed by those who had embraced her as the human rights and gender activist icon and in particular the Commission for Gender Equality that has worked closely with Mama Palmer in advancing gender equality and women empowernment. In 2016, the CGE created a platform for Mama Palmer as part of the ex-prisoners who facilitated an intergenerational dialogue that sought to impart and share knowledge amongst women of various groupings including school children. Ms Palmer was detained and spent many years for fighting for human rights in the Fort Prison, where the Commission on Gender Equality in now housed. Her memories of what ex-political prisoners fought for, was intended to achieve for the liberation and empowerment of women of this country, will remain central to the work of the CGE. Mama Palmer was a true heroine of our struggle, who despite having gone through trials and tribulations continued to fight for our freedom. Following her retirement from serving in many political structures such as the United Democratic Front (UDF), the Federation of Transvaal Women (FEDTRAW) and non-governmental organisations like the Legal Resource Centre (LRC), she continued to be involved in various charity organisations. It is through heroines like her that today we have CGE, which has to ensure that whatever she fought for should not be in vain. “As the Commission, we mourn and henceforth celebrate the life well spent. Indeed, her passing away will surely be missed across the country”, says Ms Tamara Mathebula, Acting chairperson of the Commission for Gender Equality On behalf of the Commission for Gender Equality, we say your memory and what you laboured for will be missed. Rest in Peace! Robala ka khotso! Lala ngo Xolo, Mama Cecilie Lynette Palmer! ENDS Issued by: Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) Date:   28 January 2019 Contact Person: Javu Baloyi Tel: 083 579 3306 The Commission for Gender Equal ity 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. Twitter Handle: @CGE_ZA. Facebook Page: Gender Commission of South Africa. Toll Free Number: 0800 007 709. GBV Toll Free Number: 0800 428 428, Stop Gender Violence : 0800 150 150  Witness, Survivors  and victims of GBV can send Please Call Me at *120*7867#

CGE condemns the assault of 75 – year old Sarona Maremele Mampuru

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Media Release For Immediate Release: 18 January 2019 To: Editors, Producers and Reporters CGE condemns the assault of 75 – year old Sarona Maremele Mampuru The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) condemns the assault on Mme Sarona Maremele Mampuru, a 75 – year old woman from Mamone village in Limpopo allegedly by Serake Mampuru and Billy Mampuru. The battered and brutally bruised face of Mme Mampuru is indicative of little regard the alleged perpetrators had on the rights and the dignity of Mme Mampuru. The Commission has through its outreach and legal clinic campaigns come to realise that the most vulnerable people of our society continue to bear the brunt of gender-based violence, as it is also the case with Mme Mampuru. The Commission of Gender Equality is also aware of a rumours allegedly being attributed to the alleged perpetrators that Mme Mampuru must leave Mamone village. The Commission believes that this goes against her rights of choosing where she wants to belong, and her dignity as espoused in the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa. The Commission requests the South African Police Services (SAPS) to urgently investigate these rumours. If indeed these rumours are true, the alleged perpetrators must therefore be send back to court until their next court appearance on the 20th February 2019 or finalisation of the case against them The Commission would be monitoring this case in order to ensure that there is justice for Mme Mampuru People can use our Toll Free Number 0800 007 709 to report cases of gender based violence and other related crimes. ENDS, Issued by: Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) Date: 18 January 2019 Contact Person: Javu Baloyi Tel: 083 579 3306 The Commission for Gender Equality is established in terms of Section 187 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. Twitter Handle: @CGEINFO. Facebook Page: Gender Commission of South Africa. Toll Free Number: 0800 007 709. GBV Toll Free Number: 0800 428 428  Witness, Survivors  and victims of GBV can send Please Call Me at *120*7867#

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Press release For Immediate Release: 06 December 2018 To: Editors, Producers and Reporters CGE congratulates Advocate Shamila Batohi for being appointed First Female NDPP in 20 years The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) wishes to congratulate Advocate Shamila Batohi after being appointed first female National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) in the organisation’s 20-year history. The CGE joins those who have congratulated Adv. Batohi in this historic appointment for being the first ever woman to be appointed as NDPP. This historic appointment of Adv. Batohi will serve as an inspiration that gender parity can be realized only if women can be afforded opportunities such as these. A sentiment echoed by Adv. Batohi in her acceptance speech, when she viewed her appointment as a victory for gender equality and women empowerment. The CGE believes that Adv. Batohi through her and leadership acumen that was displayed whilst she held the position of Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) in KwaZulu-Natal and most recently as the Advisor to the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court (ICC) will serve as a catalyst for her to do exceptionally well. The Commission’s report on gender transformation in both the private and public sector has decried lack of transformation when it comes to women ascending positions of power and influence. This appointment, the Commission believes will go a long way in ensuring that more women are considered for senior positions in the public sector. The CGE believes that in an endeavor to create a society free from gender oppression and inequality, more women should be appointed to positions of power and influence. The CGE will always, if called upon where necessary advice on gender related aspects within the judiciary. It is our belief that other women, in particularly girl children will look at this not as a fulfillment of a dream for Adv. Batohi, but a constant reminder that they too can do just that, if not more. ENDS, Issued by: Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) Date: 06 December 2018 Contact Person: Javu Baloyi Tel: 083 579 3306 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. Visit www.cge.org.za for more Information. Twitter Handle: @CGEINFO. Facebook Page: Gender Commission of South Africa, Toll Free Number: 0800 007 709. GBV Toll Free Number 0800 428 428

Gender Commission appreciates outpouring of support for the rape survivor #Omotosotrial

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Media Release For immediate Release: 17 October 2018 To: Editors, Producers and Reporters  Gender Commission appreciates outpouring of support for the rape survivor #Omotosotrial  The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) has received and appreciate the numerous calls offering support to Cheryl Zondi, the rape survivor in the #Omotosotrial. Many of those who have called believe the defence lawyer Peter Daubermann's line of questioning, is insensitive. This is precisely what the Commission has been raising particularly in rape cases wherein survivors suffer secondary victimisation due to the nature of the questions being raised. The CGE applauds Judge Mandela Makhaula  for not allowing such kind of questioning as it was clearly secondary victimisation to  Cheryl Zondi. Although, the Commission for Gender Equality respects the independence of the Judiciary, gender blindness cannot be used as a source of inadvertent secondary victimisation.  The Commission will continue to raise this pertinent question with the Magistrates Commission, Bar Council and the Judiciary as a whole on the unfairness that rape survivors go through whilst giving testimonies. It is plainly unfair to subject them to such inhumane treatment whereas those who did the act are treated favourably. The line of argument by the defence was used to discredit the integrity of the victim; a victim who was a minor at the time of the alleged rape. There are several instances where women get raped because of what they wear, or due to their “loose” conduct and by default, the perpetrator would then argue that the woman asked to be raped. In any country that aspires to human rights ideals, it be would flawed to argue in court that any woman or girl deserves to be raped due to her conduct or what she wears in public. Human rights as a practiced discipline should guide our thinking about any form of inference that crosses the line when examining the truth told in a court of law. The CGE has always argued that even if the intention is to seek justice by laying women bare in courts, the same justice seeking mechanisms should not allow prejudice and patriarchal nuances to find expression in the cause of seeking the truth.  The Commission applauds the bravery shown by Cheryl Zondi. “This will send a very clear message to other young women who are victims and survivors of sexual abuse. This young girl is determined to speak out about it and this does not happen often. The accused Timothy Omotoso is having a lot of support and however, she is speaking her mind without fear or favour. And she is determined to speak the truth. I hope the law protects this girl." Says Lulama Nare, Chairperson of the Commission for Gender Equality The Commission for Gender Equality will continue to monitor this case in order to ensure that justice is served for Cheryl Zondi and other rape survivors who are still to testify. ENDS, Issued by: Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) Date:   17 October 2018 Contact Person: Javu Baloyi Tel: 083 579 3306 The Commission for Gender Equality is established in terms of Section 187 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. www.cge.org.za; Twitter handle @CGEINFO; Facebook Page @ Gender Commission of South Africa    

Commission for Gender Equality’s response to the petrol bombing of a house in Mahwelereng, Limpopo

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Media Release Attention: Editors, Producers and Reporters  11 October 2018 Commission for Gender Equality’s response to the petrol bombing of a house in Mahwelereng, Limpopo The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) is appalled at the petrol bombing of a house in Mahwelereng in Limpopo in an apparent domestic violence dispute. It is reported that three people have died in the incident, with one person currently in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) due to the severity of the injuries sustained. The CGE is heartened by the efforts of MEC for Transport and Community Safety, Ms Makoma Makhurupetje and the MEC for Health, Ms Phophi Ramathuba for their swift actions in assisting the family and trying their utmost best in ensuring that the family gets the best assistance and care. The Commission has been working closely with MEC Ramathuba and the family of the victims in ensuring that Psycho-social services and reasonable accommodation is provided to the family. The Commission is also pleased that MEC Makhurupetje has instructed the Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service (SAPS) to take immediate action against police officers who allegedly failed the victims in this particular case.  According to the victim, the alleged perpetrator was released from SAPS custody, despite previous domestic violence orders being obtained by the victim. It is also reassuring that both MECs Makhurupetje and Ramathuba want justice to be done and have called on the SAPS in the area to work with the community and the Community Police Forum (CPF) to ensure that the alleged perpetrator that is known to the community is arrested as speedily as possible. The CGE has also received numerous complaints by burn victims about their plight when it comes to reporting such cases. Majority of the complainants spoken to the CGE point the lack of collusion between the alleged perpetrators and the police, lack of sympathy and empathy from the health practitioners, families also playing the role of counsellors even in situations only can be best handled by suitable or qualified people. This they alleged have discouraged them to lodged complaints hence wanting the CGE to assist them in ensuring that the receive justice. The CGE will use its powers as empowered by the CGE Act 39 of 1996 as Amended, Section 11(1) e and a to investigate any gender-related issues of its own accord or on receipt of a complaint, and shall endeavour to resolve any dispute; or rectify any act or omission. The CGE will also monitor and evaluate any gender related case. The CGE will continue to monitor and work closely with the relevant authorities in ensuring that justice prevails. Outdoor saunas, Baths, BBQ and wood fired hot tubs sale prices - royaltubs.co.uk ENDS, Issued by: Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) Date:   11 October 2018 Contact Person: Javu Baloyi Tel:  083 579 3306 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.

Gender Commission supports the #Totalshutdown Campaign

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Media Release Attention: Editors, Producers and Reporters 30 July 2018 Gender Commission supports the #Totalshutdown Campaign The Commission for Gender Equally supports the #totalshutdown campaign that will see women in their thousands marching in various locations across the country on 01 August 2018 in an effort to raise awareness on the rampant killings of women and children. The Gender Commission’s support is informed by Section 11(1)g of the CGE Act 39 of 1996 as amended that states it shall liaise and interact with any organisation which actively promotes gender equality and other sectors of civil society to further the objective of the Commission. The Gender Commission supports this noble course as it aides its own vision of creating a society free from gender oppression and inequality. This year the country is celebrating the centenary of Mama Albertina Nontsikelelo Sisulu and Tata Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela who were committed or cared about the well-being of women and children. The Gender Commission appreciate and support all initiatives to fight the scourge of gender based violence in the country. The Gender Commission pledge its support to all women organisations’ initiative to strengthen the voice and be supportive towards gender based violence campaigns in the country. “The Gender Commission believes the campaign will further emphasize the need for collaboration between state, civil society organisations, faith based organisations, trade unions and communities and the need for urgent intervention in response to increasingly high levels of gender violence perpetuated against women and children.,” says Lulama Nare, the Chairperson of the Commission for Gender Equality. What distinguishes the designers of robotics? First of all, all educational robotic designers are united by the fact that they have the function not only of the game, but also of learning - the very name of such kits speaks about it. Robots for kids may be accompanied by textbooks, workbooks, glossaries, teacher materials, etc. Constructors for younger groups, especially for preschoolers, as a rule, do not imply the use of voluminous pedagogical materials, but even here the child does not just play, but in an accessible form studies mechanisms. ENDS, Issued by: Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) Date:   30 July 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.

2015 marks a significant landmark in terms of Human Rights and Gender Equality

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South Africans on 21 March will be observing and celebrating human rights day looking back at the gains and challenges that have been achieved in the past 20 years in terms of human rights and gender equality. 2015 also heralds a significant landmark in terms of human rights and gender equality. South Africa will be reporting before the CEDAW (Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Abuse against Women) Committee on the gains and challenges on the attainment of gender equality. Equally 2015 has been declared by AU (African Union) as a “Decade of African Women. The SADC Protocol on Gender and Development also sets up measurable goals towards the attainment of gender equality. This year will also a shift from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) with the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs have specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound goals that will go a long way in ensuring that gender equality is realised and that the world is a better place for all. The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE), during the human rights month, will be embarking in various activities to create awareness to women and girls on their rights. We will also be creating platforms for women to “speak out” on the violation of their rights, hence also asking men to play a significant role in ensuring that they work together with women in curbing gender based violence. “It is critical important for society to note that women rights are human rights and to insist on respect for and access to them”, Said Thoko Mpumlwana, the Acting Chairperson of the Commission for Gender Equality. It is the Commission’s wish that many people benefit from our human rights campaign run together with various media platforms and in collaborations with other Chapter 9 Institutions in ensuring that right-based issues with regard to gender equality are realised. Buy online for sale prices Best Halloween Costumes 2018 at Halloweeneo.com - shop Halloween costume ideas 2018 for kids, adults, pets - the ultimate selection of new design Halloween costume ideas 2018 for cheapest prices - visit Halloweeneo online store for 50 000+ costumes! ENDS, Issued by: Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) Date: 20 March 2015 Contact Person: Javu Baloyi Tel: 083 579 3306 The Commission for Gender Equality is established in terms of Section 187 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.

CGE bids farewell to Minister Collins Chabane

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The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) sends its heartfelt condolescenes to Minister Collins Chabane (Minister of Public Service and Administration), Sergeants Lesiba Sekele and Lawrence Lentsoane, their families, South African Police Services (SAPS), the African National Congress (ANC), the music industry and their comrades. Minister Chabane and his bodyguards sadly met their untimely death on the road accident 30km outside Polokwane. On 10 April 2014, Minister Collins Chabane in his capacity as the Minister in the Presidency responsible for Performance, Monitoring and Evaluation during his key note address at the National Gender Equality Summit hosted by the Commission of Gender Equality was quoted as saying “Gender Equality is not the responsibility of women alone, but requires equal participation of men too. Men must stand up and be counted in an endeavour to build a non-sexiest society”. “As the Commission we mourn his death and celebrate the life of a gallant proponent of gender equality who was not afraid to speak his mind on issues of patriarchy and gender stereotypes”, said Ms Thoko Mpumlwana, the Acting Chairperson of the Commission for Gender Equality. On behalf of the Commission for Gender Equality, “We say your memory and what you laboured for will be your legacy. We shall never forget the footprints you left behind and the seamless effort in ensuring that gender equality is a reality in this country”, Thoko Mpumlwana added. To Mrs Mavis Chabane and the children, the CGE thank you for sharing Minister Chabane with the nation May your soul rest in peace, Etlela hi Kurhula, Minister Chabane! ENDS, Issued by: Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) Date: 16 March 2015 Contact Person: Javu Baloyi Tel: 083 579 3306 The Commission for Gender Equality is established in terms of Section 187 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. Pripučiamų batutų pardavimas už gerą kainą: Inflo.lt