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South Africa: Gender Summit Reviews Progress, Challenges
Source: www.sanews.gov.za
Source Date: Thursday, April 24, 2014
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government, ICT for MDGs, Knowledge Management in Government, Citizen Engagement, Institution and HR Management, Internet Governance
Country: South Africa
Created: Apr 24, 2014

“Today when we look back, we can attest that despite the many hills and valleys that still lie ahead on this journey of gender equality and women empowerment, there is generally a good story to tell, especially if you consider where we come from.

“Women now have equal rights before the law, which did not exist before 1994. South Africa has adopted significant legislative reforms and has developed policies and programmes based on the Constitution and its Bill of Rights, which seek to promote and protect women’s rights in the home, community and workplace,” Minister Xingwana said.

The three-day summit, which started on Wednesday, is hosted by the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) in partnership with the United Nations Population Fund, United Nations Development Programme, United Nations Women, Oxfam, Department of Public Enterprises, and the Department of Women, Children and People with Disabilities.

The objective of the summit is to celebrate the gains made in terms of gender equality as the country. It will also look at strategies to further push the agenda of gender equality in the country and the Southern African Development Community (SADC), and it will examine the role women play role in the economy.

Xingwana said much remains to be done, as South Africa is still confronted by the triple challenge of poverty, inequality and unemployment. She said government has done an extensive review of how far the country has come on various issues, including gender equality in the 20 Year Review report, and has identified gaps in the current legislative framework to elevate women’s economic empowerment and access to justice.

“We have put forth the Women Empowerment and Gender Equality Bill which, once enacted, will help accelerate the implementation of other legislation, policies, strategies and programmes to advance the empowerment of women and the achievement of gender equality,” she said.
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