Women unite to take a stand

2015-09-09 06:00
WOMEN’S COMMISSIONERS of the South African Local Government Association (Salga) at the 2015 Provincial Women’s Lekgotla at Hoffe Park in Kimberley. From the left are Winnie Ngobeza (deputy chairperson of Salga Northern Cape), Kgadi Moloi (commissione

WOMEN’S COMMISSIONERS of the South African Local Government Association (Salga) at the 2015 Provincial Women’s Lekgotla at Hoffe Park in Kimberley. From the left are Winnie Ngobeza (deputy chairperson of Salga Northern Cape), Kgadi Moloi (commissione

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SEEING the adoption and implementation of 50/50 male-female representation in the country was one of the most important issues discussed during the recent 2015 Provincial Women’s Lekgotla at Hoffe Park in Kimberley.

The lekgotla was held on Tuesday, 1 September, and Wednesday (02/09). Women in provincial and local government from all five districts represented were represented at the event. Alvin Botes, the MEC for the Department of Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs (CoGHSTA), and Willie Johnson, the chairperson of the South African Local Government Association (Salga) Northern Cape, addressed the women.

Through learning from other women and local government leaders in Chile, India and Brazil, as well as parts of Africa, who are facing war in their countries, the Women in Provincial and Local Government (WIPLG) committed themselves to engaging all political parties in the country and urging them to see to its implementation.

A commitment was made by the women delegates to also lobby municipalities to prioritise land ownership by women and child-headed households.

The women also made the resolution to work with the Ministry of Women, Children and People with Disabilities and engage stakeholders like the National Development Agency (NDA), the Commission for Gender Equality and other Chapter 9 institutions to improve the ability of women to be capacitated to own land.

The lekgotla offered a peer-learning and knowledge-sharing platform which provided an opportunity for civil society and grassroots women to hold debates and share experiences and good practices.

It was highlighted that the role of ward councillors to identify and link indigent families with change agents with the purpose of alleviating poverty through the War on Poverty Programme had to be strengthened.

Encouraging one another to break the legacy of Pull her Down Syndrome and triple oppression, the women councillors vowed to support one another to enable themselves to create a legacy of education as the future leaders of tomorrow.

Also put in the spotlight was Salga’s plan to implement the zebra system (the employment of males and females equally) from 2016 to 2019, as well as continuing to train women councillors and officials in skills development to build their capacity to efficiently carry out their tasks to ensure the retention of skills.

Among the resolutions taken were to raise awareness around laws and resources affecting women’s rights and strengthening women’s property rights in law and in practice while closing the gap between customary and formal law

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