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Are we really committed to gender equality and women’s rights?

08 August 2019
12:30 - 14:30

Chair: Jenny Schreiner
Presenter: Prof Narnia Bohler Muller, Executive Director Democracy, Governance and Service Delivery research programme HSRC
Respondents: Fundi Nzimande is a woman’s rights and gender equality activist and author of, “Leading Like a Woman”
Ms. Precious Magogodi UNFPA’s Adolescent, youth and gender focal point

Date: 8 August 2019
Time: 12h30  – 14:30
Venues in Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town and via livestream

National Women’s Day is celebrated annually on 9 August. The day commemorates the 1956 march of approximately 20,000 women to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to petition against the country’s pass laws that required South Africans defined as “black” under The Population Registration Act to carry an internal passport, known as a pass, that served to maintain population segregation, control urbanisation, and manage migrant labour during the apartheid era.  The first National Women’s Day was celebrated on 9 August 1994.

On 8 August in commemoration of National Women’s Day the HSRC together with key partners will explore ,”Are we really committed to gender equality and women’s rights?”

South Africa is praised for having some of the most progressive laws and policies on gender equality and women’s rights in the world. However, women remain ‘the face of poverty’ and are exposed to high levels of violence, labour force exploitation and patriarchy. Access to education and health care remains a challenge that affects well-being. So, are policy makers taking women’s rights seriously? And if they are, are the right evidence-based policy choices being considered?

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Pretoria: HSRC Video Conference Room, 1st  floor HSRC Library, 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria.
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Cape Town: HSRC Video Conference Room, Merchant House 116-118 Buitengracht Street, Cape Town.
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Durban: HSRC Video Conference Room, The Atrium, 5th Floor, 430 Peter Mokaba Ridge, Berea, 4001.
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The HSRC seminar series is funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST). The views and opinions expressed therein as well as findings and statements of the seminar series do not necessarily represent the views of the DST

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