REPORT OF THE NATIONAL WOMEN’S CONFERENCE: AUGUST 2011 Birchwood Hotel, Kempton Park. “Working together for equal opportunities and progress for all women” , with the slogan “Forward to the Decade of African Women”. INTRODUCTION.
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REPORT OF THE NATIONAL WOMEN’S CONFERENCE: AUGUST 2011Birchwood Hotel, Kempton Park
“Working together for equal opportunities and progress for all women”, with the slogan “Forward to the Decade of African Women”.
The Conference aimed at consulting on substantive issues affecting and impacting on women’s lives through the following ways:
(i) an Official Opening Ceremony;
(ii) the commemoration of the Pan African Women’s Day;
(iii) the launching of the South African Chapter on the African Union Decade for Women (2010-2020);
(iv) discussions on women’s economic empowerment, rural women’s development, development partnerships, education of women and girls, women’s health issues, gender based violence, women and climate change, poverty alleviation, and women, peace and security and
(v) a high-level Closing Ceremony presided over by the Deputy President of the Republic of South Africa.
The DWCPD undertook several sector consultations with women in the build-up to and follow-on after the conference to ensure that women’s voices are given as broad a platform as possible. The process of consultations included:
Key National Priorities for Women and Girls were grouped as follows:
1. Economic Empowerment, Job creation, Decent work and sustainable livelihoods for women
The DTI, Public Works, Economic Development, Energy, Water and Environmental Affairs, Mineral Resources, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Labour, Human Settlements and Rural Development and Land Reform
2. Education for girls and women
Departments of Basic Education, Higher Education and Training; Science and Technology, Public Works and Communication
3. Health for girls and women
Departments of Health and Social Development
4. Rural development, food security and land reform for women and girls
Departments of Rural Development and Land Reform; Public Works, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries; Communication; Social Development; Energy; Water and Environmental Affairs
5. Fighting gender based violence
Departments of Justice and Constitutional Development; Correctional Services, NPA, Social Development, Health, Basic Education and SAPS
Four major recommendations emerged from the Conference, with several smaller activities contained within each.
MOUs submitted to Departments :
MOUs submitted to Departments :
-Department of Health
-Department of Rural Development and Land Reform
-Office of the Premier Northern-Cape
-Nelson Mandela Children Fund
-National Development Agency
All National Council commitments will be monitored as soon as the M&E framework is finalised and operationalized (by April 01, 2013)