Parliament, Tuesday 3 March 2020 – The National Council of Provinces (NCOP) will tomorrow, Wednesday 4 March 2020, host a National Gender Machinery Summit at the Old Assembly Chamber, Parliament.

Despite the notable strides made in women’s empowerment and gender equality in the country since the dawn of democracy in 1994, the majority of women still suffer from multi-dimensional poverty, inequality and discrimination based on sex and gender; and multiple social problems such as gender-based violence.

A dialogue on the status of the National Gender Machinery thus becomes appropriate as the Sixth Parliament begins its work. This is particularly necessary given the challenges confronting women in South Africa. The summit will give strategic impetus in re-activating the functionality of the National Gender Machinery under a clear programme of action.

Parliament and legislatures have a central role to play in ensuring that government is held accountable for the implementation of gender-responsive planning and budgeting.

The summit will:

  • take stock of the achievements of the national gender machinery.
  • conduct an audit of the challenges currently facing the national gender machinery.
  • identify ways of strengthening the work of the national gender machinery.
  • contribute to reviewing the policy framework for promoting gender equality.
  • develop a national programme of action premised on strategic policy priorities
  • commit the machinery to a targeted programme of action, enabling the implementation of action plans.

Media who do not have parliamentary media access permits or photographers wishing to cover the Summit should send their details to Mlindi Mpindi, or 021 403 2340 or 081 716 7329

Enquiries: Moloto Mothapo 082 370 6930