by Laurel Oettle
The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) brought stakeholders from Educational and Research Institutions, Civil Society, Chapter 9 and 10 institutions, and Government Departments together in Durban yesterday for a Stakeholder Reflection Dialogue.
The CGE is an independent statutory body created under Chapter 9 of the South African Constitution, and has a mandate to promote and protect gender equality in government, civil society and the private sector. The aim of the Dialogue was to both celebrate gains and identify gaps that still need to be addressed, and the morning also saw the CGE bid farewell to one of their much-loved Commissioners, Janine Hicks, who yesterday ended her second term (and a total of nine years) with the CGE.
In a participatory process, all stakeholders were asked to bring three key achievements and gaps in their sector to contribute towards discussions on the day. After mapping these into their relevant categories under Rights Violations, Gender Mainstreaming, Gender-Based Violence, Social Issues or Women in the Workplace, we broke into groups to discuss current interventions being undertaken by our organisations around these key issues, what we feel the CGE should be doing, and how we can best collaborate.
It quickly became clear that a huge amount of valuable and innovative interventions are being undertaken, and that there are a number of opportunities for valuable partnerships and collaborative work to emerge from the day’s discussions. These included joint awareness campaigns around shared issues, a greater understanding of what useful gender indicators organisations could be including in research and share with the CGE and other stakeholders to help improve both monitoring and advocacy work, and the concept of a common online platform or database to aggregate data for analysis, sharing & learning. Continue reading