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Women attend WCPP debate

A group of local women was invited to the Western Cape Provincial Parliament on Thursday 21 November.

Over 58 delegates representing women’s organisations from across the province, including the Cape Metro, Central Karoo, Cape Winelands, Garden Route, Overberg and West Coast attended the event.

According to speaker Masizole Mnqasela the first of the two central themes discussed during the day was gender-based violence. The topic was introduced by the Western Cape Provincial Parliament (WCPP) members Matlhodi Maseko and Nomi Nkondlo. This was followed by presentations from representatives from Moms move for Justice, Family and Marriage Society of South Africa (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.

The second theme dealt with the challenges facing women in rural areas and was introduced by WCPP Members Wendy Philander and Nosipho Makamba-Botya, followed by presentations by 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 kicked off this week.

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