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Media invitation to the launch of Gender Responsive Budget Initiative report

28 August 2012

28 August 2012

The Chairperson of The Motsepe Foundation (TMF), Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe is hosting a breakfast meeting with stakeholders to update and outline progress made since the launch of the Women and Budget Initiative, now known as the “Gender Responsive Budget Initiative”.

The Gender Responsive Budget Initiative (GRBI) is a South African women’s empowerment programme spearheaded by the Women’s Desk of The Motsepe Foundation (TMF) in collaboration with the Department of Women, Children, and People with Disabilities (DWPD) with technical assistance from the United Nations’ Capital Development Fund (UNCDF). 

The Minister of DWPD, Ms Lulu Xingwana will deliver the keynote address.

Members of the media are invited as follows:
Date: Wednesday, 29 August 2012
Time: 08h00
Venue: Hilton Hotel, 138 Rivonia Road, Sandton

The programme, which was launched in February 2012, seeks to strengthen the capacity of government and other stakeholders (planners, policy-makers, gender focal groups, civil society and women’s organisations) to review, analyse and prepare plans and budgets that ensure that the needs of women are specifically and equally addressed.  TMF has since conducted research in the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Trade and Industry, Health and Energy sectors.  The preliminary findings of the research will be tabled at the breakfast event for discussion by all stakeholders.

Having a gender-sensitive budget will enable poorer communities (where the effects of inequality, unemployment and poverty most affect the majority of women and girls in South Africa) to identify their most pressing economic needs.

Members of the media wishing to attend are advised to forward their details to
Randa Adechoubou (TMF) 0719608715 or Cornelius Monama on 0825784063 (Ministry of Women, Children and People with Disabilities)

Issued by Government Communication and Information System

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