8th Women in Environment Imbizo

Event date: 
2017-08-24 (All day) to 2017-08-25 (All day)

  Women in Environment Dialogues            
Background
 
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Background

 

The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) took a decision during 2013/ 2014 Financial Year to develop a Strategy Toward Gender Mainstreaming in the Environment Sector 2016 - 2021, the first such sector strategy in the country, in order to comply to national gender priorities as outlined in the provisions of the MINTECH approved Sector Gender Framework for the Environment Sector, the Constitution (Act No. 108 of 1996), Women’s Charter for Effective Equality, 1994; the National Framework for Women Empowerment and Gender Equality, 2000; the Strategic Framework for Gender Equality within the Public Service, 2006; and the National Development Plan Vision 2030, 2012 (NDP).

The country has also made commitments to international gender priorities set out in, to name a few, the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action of 1995, the Millennium Development Goals, the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), 1993, the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women, 1995, the Sustainable Development Goals, 2015 etc. Further to this commitment, the Environment Sector commits itself to take into account principles of gender equality in its employment practices, policies, programmes and service delivery. The sector has further committed to take initiatives that aim at addressing the imbalances of the past and gender inequality regardless of race, religion, disability, etc. 

The 7th Women in Environment Conference 2016 was aimed to be a platform for the launching of the Strategy toward Gender Mainstreaming in the Environment Sector 2016 - 2021 and Action Plan (herein referred to as the Strategy).

The outcomes and resolutions of the Conference were presentation of the key concepts and principles of the Strategy Toward Gender Mainstreaming in the Environment Sector and Action Plan 2016 - 2021 to all relevant stakeholders; Launch of the Strategy toward Gender Mainstreaming in the Environment Sector and Action Plan 2016 - 2021’and Presentation of Draft Sector Gender Strategy Action Plan for 2017/ 2018 Show casing and exhibition of projects and initiatives.

As a result the commitments and resolutions that were made at the Conference were as follows:

  • The Women in Environment Conferences will be held annually to maintain the momentum of gender mainstreaming work in the sector.
  • Continue to recognize the contribution of women in the environment sector.
  • Renewed urgency to accelerateefforts to make women’s concerns an integral part of planning and monitoring and evaluation
  • Engage with provincial and local government to implement programmes not at National Level i.e. Clean Up Campaign for municipalities not participating in Greenest Municipality Programme
  • Continue to recognize the contribution of women in the environment sector.
  • Renewed urgency to accelerate efforts to make women’s concerns an integral part of planning and monitoring and evaluation
  • Engage with provincial and local government to implement programmes not at National Level i.e. Clean Up Campaign for municipalities not participating in Greenest Municipality Programme
  • Continue to recognize the contribution of women in the environment sector.
  • Renewed urgency to accelerate efforts to make women’s concerns an integral part of planning and monitoring and evaluation
  • Engage with provincial and local government to implement programmes not at National Level i.e. Clean Up Campaign for municipalities not participating in Greenest Municipality Programme
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Theme

 

The 8th Women in Environment Conference to be convened under the theme, “PLEDGE FOR PARITY’. The Conference takes place during South Africa’s national Women’s Month, which is marked to recognise and celebrate the role women played in the country’s struggle towards the attainment of the democratic freedom. Worldwide, women continue to contribute to social, economic, cultural and political achievement. Commit to take action to accelerate gender parity.

The event will be held on 24 – 25 August 2017 in Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal.

 

 

Deputy Minister Ms Barbara Thomson to address the 8th Women in Environment Conference
 

The Deputy Minister of Environmental Affairs, Ms Barbara Thomson, will interact with women and deliver a keynote address at the 8th  Women in Environment Conference to be convened under the theme, “PLEDGE FOR PARITY’’ in Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal on the Thursday 24 - 25 August 2017.

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gender startegy      
Environment sector gender strategy and gender mainstreaming
South Africa commemorates 1956 women's march
 
 
 

 

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