HSRC to host women’s month public lecture on ‘generation equality’
Pretoria, Monday 22 August 2022 – To inspire debate around gender equality, unemployment, equal pay, and representation of women in management roles, the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) and institutional partners will host a Women’s Month Public Lecture at the University of Pretoria’s Future Africa on Thursday, 25 August 2022 from 17h30 until 20h00.
Held under the theme, Generation equality: Realising women’s rights for an equal future, the lecture aims to prompt the design of socio-economic plans with an intentional focus on the lives and futures of women and girls. The concept of generation equality is a global campaign which links South Africa to global efforts to achieve gender equality by 2030.
According to the World Bank, across most of sub-Saharan Africa, females fall behind males in human capital and related measures. Girls are less likely than boys to complete secondary education, often due to child marriage, adolescent pregnancy, and domestic work.
The theme is in line with a UN campaign launched on the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. The 1995 declaration was endorsed by 189 governments at the Fourth World Conference on Women held in Beijing, China, and powered by the 21st-century women’s movement.
This movement has the most visionary agenda for the human rights of women and girls, everywhere. The campaign demands equal pay, equal sharing of unpaid care and domestic work, an end to sexual harassment and violence against women and girls, healthcare services that respond to their needs, and their equal participation in political life and in decision-making in all areas of life.
This year’s lecture will be delivered by Advocate Mojanku Gumbi, Deputy Chairperson of the South African Tourism Board and the founder of Mojanku Gumbi Advisory Services, a Johannesburg-based business advisory firm that maintains a strategic partnership with the Washington-based Albright Stonebridge Group. Adv Gumbi also serves as the Chancellor of the University of Venda.
Apart from the keynote address, the lecture brings together a host of astute speakers who will engage each other and the audience to try and ascertain whether gender equality would be possible to achieve by 2030.
The lecture is organised in partnership with the HSRC, University of Pretoria, Embassy of Sweden, Agape, Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), PPS Foundation, Embassy of Sweden, Swedish Institute and Women in Science.
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