Media release

Government on recognition of women's rights

02 September 2013

31 August 2013

August 2013 marked another celebration of Women’s month under the theme; “A Centenary of Working Together towards Sustainable Women Empowerment and Gender Equality”. South Africans came together to celebrate the role women played in achieving democracy.

Women from the various   strata of society were honoured for their contribution in their fight against gender inequalities

South Africa is today a democratic country wherein gender equality is also a constitutional imperative. Our Constitution recognises women as equal citizens, with equal rights and responsibilities.

The Acting CEO of GCIS, Ms Phumla Williams said: “This women’s month enabled us to review how far we have come with regard to the emancipation and advancement of women in our society. It also afforded us as a nation to reflect on how far we still need to travel to finally reach an equal society in respect to gender' "

Government remains committed to eradicate gender discrimination in our society. During the month of August various departments showcased their programmes that are focused on women's emancipation.  Over 20 events were arranged by the different departments to engage society and importantly to share with the public what we have achieved as a country.

Despite these gains, South Africa still continues to face the challenges of violence against women and children.  As part of government’s commitment to continue fighting this scourge, during the month of August the Department of Justice announced the opening of special Sexual Offences Courts so as to quicken the conviction of the perpetrators of these crimes.

Government wish to thank all citizens who devoted their time in honouring women and the role they have played in ensuring we today are a non-racial and non-sexist democratic society.  The Acting CEO of GCIS Ms Phumla Williams said “Let us continue working together in addressing the challenges still faced by women in our country”.

Issued by: Government Communication and Information System (GCIS)

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