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International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day celebrated with a demand for equal representation in local government

Thousands of women of South Africa and women leaders in Government, political parties and civil society gathered at Galeshewe Township in Kimberly, Northern Cape to celebrate the centenary of the International Women’s Day on Tuesday, 2011 March 08.

>> Speech at Gala Dinner, Mayibuye Centre, Galeshewe on 07 March 2011


This year marks 100 years since the International Women’s Day was first observed on March 08, 1911 with women around the world demanding equal rights, a right to vote and improved working conditions.

The centenary celebrations come at an opportune time for women of South Africa as the country prepares for the Local Government Elections taking place on May 18, 2011. It is an opportunity for women to demand equal representation and to ensure that their interests are fully represented at this sphere of government.

Minister for Women, Children and People with Disabilities Lulu Xingwana said South Africa currently has 44% of women representation in the Legislature, 43% in Cabinet and 40% of elected positions at the level of Local Government. These advances have mainly been due to the ruling party, the ANC, committing to the principle of 50/50 gender representation.

“These elections are an opportunity to advance towards gender parity at local government level. Women should vote for parties with a clear track record on gender and empowerment of women,” said Minister Xingwana.

Minister Xingwana, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga, Northern Cape Premier Hazel Jenkins are some of the leaders expected to take part in the celebration of the International Women’s Day under the global theme:

Equal Access to Education and Training, Science and Technology; a Pathway to Decent Work for Women

Several activities have been organized in Kimberly to mark the International Women’s Day starting from March 07-08. Members of the media are invited to these activities taking place as follows:

Event Main Speakers

Or Participants

Date and Time Venue
Day 1 (March 07)
Lunch to announce the Programme for International Women’s Day Sports, Arts and Culture MEC Pauline Williams 07 March 201

12h30 – 13h45

Ekhaya Guesthouse, Galeshewe Township
Women in Dialogue Symposium – Equal Access to Education, Science and Technology Leaders in Government, Civil Society and Academia 07 March 2011

14h00 – 16h15

Ster kinekor Cinema, North Cape Mall
International Women’s Day Gala Dinner Northern Cape Premier Hazel Jenkins 07 March 2011

18h00 for 18h30

Mayibuye Multi-Purpose Centre, Galeshewe
Day 2 (March 08)
Distribution of Sanitary Pads to indigent learners from the !Xun and Khwe community in Platfontein Minister Lulu Xingwana

Premier Hazel Jenkins

08 March 2011

07h15 – 09h00

Xunkwesa Combined School, Platfontein
Main National Event marking International Women’s Day Min Lulu Xingwana

Min Angie Motshekga

Premier Hazel Jenkins

Representatives of political parties

08 March 2011

10h00 – 14h00

Galeshewe Stadium


For more information contact:

Sibani Mngadi
Ministry for Women, Children and People with Disabilities


Bronwyn Thomas
Office of the Premier: Northern Cape


Morapedi Sekhoane
Department of Sport, Arts and Culture
082 749 5625

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