The Minister in the Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane will officially launch Women’s Month 2020 on 30 July 2020.
The objective of the launch event is to kickstart Women’s Month 2020, to announce the theme and to unpack the sub-themes for the month which will guide national conversations, and programmes targeted at ending inequality and driving women empowerment initiatives. Minister Nkoana-Mashabane will also reveal the Call To Action to the nation as a campaign to galvanise society in its collective response to gender inequality.
Women’s Month 2020 takes place in the context of the dual pandemics of COVID-19 and gender-based violence and femicide (GBVF), which have underlined the urgent need to more decisively deal with the legacy of structural oppression to accelerate the transformation of society. This includes the transformation of unequal power relations between women and men and addressing gender oppression, patriarchy, sexism, racism, ageism and to create an environment which enables women to take control of their lives, reach their full potential and contribute to the country’s development.
A further important emphasis is on paying tribute to previous generations of women who laid the basis for the freedoms that women and South Africa in general enjoys today. Of importance is ensuring that the baton is passed from generation-to-generation so that current and future generations can continue the struggle for gender equality and empowerment of women.
Minister Nkoana-Mashabane will be joined by Ministers and Deputy Ministers, as well as representatives from Civil Society Organisations and the Commission for Gender Equality.
Source: Government of South Africa