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Gender Commission congratulates COSATU for electing First Female President Zingiswa Losi in 33years.

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Press release     For Immediate Release: 18 September 2018 To: Editors, Producers and Reporters Gender Commission congratulates COSATU for electing First Female President Zingiswa Losi in 33years. The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) wishes to congratulate COSATU for electing its first female president for the federation in thirty-three years of its existence. The CGE joins those who have congratulated President Zingiswa Losi for being the first ever woman to be elected President of COSATU. It is encouraging that the outcome of the nomination also presents a fifty-fifty representation of men and women in the top leadership of COSATU. To that extent, the CGE equally congratulates Louise Thipe for her nomination for the position of second vice president. Indeed, this is a befitting tribute for her dedicated struggles against the exploitation of women in the retail and catering sector. We further congratulate Freda Oosthuizen for her third mandate to serve as National Treasurer of COSATU. She has cut her teeth in activism in the clothing and textile sector, a sector facing major challenges and employs women in the most. Her contribution in the struggles to protect quality employment in the clothing and textile industry hasn’t gone unnoticed. The CGE hopes that this moment will be seized to review COSATU contribution and interventions that put on socio-economic table issues confronting women in the workplace as part of the broader struggles of workers. We also hope that the workers will seize this opportunity to forge a dynamic link between their struggles in the workplace and broader challenges facing women in society such as the growing rates of gender-based violence and sexual harassment. In an environment of a fragile economy, we need more action to deal with the precarious forms of employment of women, especially in sectors such as clothing and textile, finance, insurance, and real estate and retail. Despite women constituting close to 45% of the Economically Active Population, double standards and systematic discrimination is widely practised in all kind of work. Women continue to be underrepresented in job advancement and low participation technical and vocational education training. Manufacturing, construction, agriculture, electricity and gas and mining and quarrying need to prioritise employment of women. Play here online games for children. ENDS, Issued by: Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) Date:   18 September 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.