Parliament, Thursday, 8 June 2022 – On Friday, 10 June 2022, at 9 am, Parliament will embark on a Women’s Charter for Accelerated Development report back session in Alberton, Gauteng.
The session, led by the Deputy Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces, Ms Sylvia Lucas, and attended by the permanent delegates to the NCOP as well as the Gauteng Premier, Mr David Makhura, is part of a sustained and targeted oversight and accountability campaign, to oversee the effective implementation of the adopted 2021 Women’s Charter for Accelerated Development.
From 2019 to 2021, Parliament embarked on a process to review the entire women’s rights regime to take stock of the progress made in implementing the 1994 Women's Charter for Effective Equality and assess its impact since the country's advent of freedom and democracy.
The review sessions were held across all nine provinces, 44 districts and eight metropolitan municipalities and culminated in adopting the 2021 Women’s Charter for Accelerated Development. Parliament is now embarking on a process of the district and provincial level report back sessions, allowing the provincial and local government to report back to communities on the progress made in implementing commitments made at the provincial high-level sessions, where the provincial executive presented comprehensive gender mainstreaming programmes of action for the provinces.
Gauteng is the third province to be visited, following successful report-back sessions held in North West and Limpopo in the past few weeks.
The Women's Charter for Accelerated Development Report Back session in Alberton will receive feedback from the provincial and local government leadership, including the Mr Makhura and MECs for Finance and Community Safety; Mayors of the City of Johannesburg Metropolitan, City of Tshwane Metropolitan, Ekurhuleni Metropolitan, West Rand District Municipality and Sedibeng District Municipality.
The Chairpersons of the Commission for Gender Equality and the Financial and Fiscal Commission will also be in attendance to provide feedback on progress made in institutionalizing gender mainstreaming across line Departments and Districts and assessment of Gender Mainstreaming in the financial allocations of the various departments and entities of the Gauteng Province (Current financial year).
The Women’s Charter for Accelerated Development serves as the Demand Document for the Women of South Africa, articulating matters for urgent prioritization by the three Arms of the state, the three spheres of government, including all Sectors of Society. The revised charter will also serve as a road map for effective policy re-design and implementation going forward.
Details of the report back session:
Date: 10 June 2022
Time: 10:00 – 16h:00
Venue: Alberton Civic Centre and Virtual Platform
For an interview with the NCOP Deputy Chairperson, Ms Sylvia Lucas, please contact Nolizwi Magwagwa on 081 716 5824
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