9 August 2021 Media Release: Progressive steps towards gender equality and mainstreaming by Garden Route District Municipality
Progressive steps towards gender equality and mainstreaming by Garden Route District Municipality
For immediate release
09 August 2021
The Garden Route District Municipality (GRDM) seeks to bring change as we are looking at Women’s Month. This year marks 65 years since the watershed 1956 women’s march to the Union Buildings. The year 2020 also marks the twenty-sixth anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action, which created a platform for greater gender equality. This district sees the importance of a formal structure like a District Gender Forum to promote change in terms of gender equality and women empowerment within the region. The forum held its first meeting on Friday, 25 June 2021.
The Gender forum was created to team up with key role players like the Commission Gender Equality (CGE) and the Western Cape Department of Local Government (DLG). During the first engagement, stakeholders were present at the forum gave their full support and encouragement. Each Municipality is tasked to appoint a Gender Focal person-that is important because they will be institutionalising gender mainstream activities in order to balance out gender inequalities and to promote gender empowerment beyond the workplace.
In its policies, GRDM took the initiative and developed “The Stop Gender- Based Violence Policy,” as well as the “Gender Mainstreaming Policy”. These policies are being reviewed after consultation with Local Government and the CGE. In addition to these, a Sexual Harassment Policy and the Employment Equity Policy are already in place to attempt to address gender sensitive issues within the municipality.
A number of workshops will also be held during August 2021 (Women’s month) under the theme – Gender Equality: Realising women’s rights for an equal future.
|17 August 2021||Generation Equality: Realising women’s rights for an equal future||Commission for Gender Equality representatives|
|18 August 2021||Human Trafficking Awareness Session||Western Cape DLG representative|
|24 August 2021||Human Trafficking Awareness Session||Western Cape DLG representative|
|31 August 2021||An overview of the National Strategic Framework on Gender Based Violence and Femicide||Western Cape Provincial Community Liaison Officer (Social Development)|
GRDM believes the empowerment of women is key to our nation’s advancement and they play a key role in rebuilding a peaceful region. It is therefore important to note that peace and security must remain a priority for all in their diversity.
Written by: Nomkhita Mhlontlo