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A Women’s Parliament convened in Cape Town

On Thursday the Western Cape Provincial Parliament (WCPP) hosted a Western Cape Women’s Parliament (WCWP).

The event was attended by women members of the provincial parliament, permanent delegates to the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) and 58 delegates representing women’s organisations from across the province, including the Cape Metro, Central Karoo, Cape Winelands, Garden Route, Overberg and West Coast.

“Today was a beautiful event, but we were here on serious business,” said speaker Masizole Mnqasela, who presided over the proceedings, afterwards. “We captured a number of resolutions during the course of proceeding and these will be tabled in the Western Cape Provincial Parliament for referral and further attention. We wanted to ensure we came away from this event with tangible results, and that we as members of the provincial Parliament are empowered to ensure the matters are raised formally with the relevant authorities. We also want to be able to conduct the necessary oversight to ensure the matters raised are actually attended to.”

The first of two central themes discussed on the day was gender-based violence. Introduced by WCPP members Matlhodi Maseko and Nomi Nkondlo. This was followed by presentations from organisations Moms move for Justice, Famsa Knysna and George, Mother Tongue Project, Sisters Incorporated, Matzikama Alcohol and Drug Action, The Pride Shelter, Emthonjeni Counselling and Training, Dews of Quietness, Hephziba Solutions, Bonteheuwel Walking Ladies, Heavenly Promise Safe House and Hawston Health and Welfare, to name a few.

The second theme dealt with the challenges facing women in rural areas. This theme was introduced by WCPP members Wendy Philander and Nosipho Makamba-Botya, followed by presentations from Vangnet, Change Events SA, Genadendal Legal and Information Desk, Mount Pleasant Ladies’ Club, Bornstar Empire, Famsa Karoo, South African Agent for Change and Development, Pearly Shell Elderly Group, Breaking Barriers, Child and Welfare, Plumline Restoration, Elpida Foundation, Sizakuyenza and Glen Elgin Community Organisation.

Members of the Provincial Parliament and delegates to the Women’s Parliament also had the opportunity to pledge their support for the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign, which starts next week.

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