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Matatiele host Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP)

Matatiele host Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians from the 18th to the 20th of June 2018 at the Maluti Civic Centre.

The Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians is an organ established by the Constitution of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association - Africa region, it was founded in 1989.

The Eastern Cape Sub-National Branch of the Commonwealth organised well-attended dialogue to implement resolutions of the CWP conference that took place in New York where amongst others, a resolution was taken that the CWP branches must hold workshops and conferences in rural areas to raise awareness for women on their rights to uplift them and highlight the opportunities that are available to them. In responding to the said resolution, the CWP branch of the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature resolved to host a two- day dialogue session in Alfred Nzo District in 2018.

Outlining objectives of the CWP dialogue Speaker of the Eastern Cape Legislature, Ms Noxolo Kiviet indicated that, main objectives are to expand accountability by the leadership across the spectrum on women representation, to mobilise active participation of women in government programmes, to critically interrogate involvement of women in Africa agenda 2063 and Sustainable Development. Participants included members of Parliament led by the deputy speaker, Mr Les and National Ministers; MPLs from the national parliament and other Legislatures, councillors from municipalities in Alfred Nzo District, civic society organisations; academic institutions; women delegates form our wards respectively, business fraternity, student organisations, traditional leaders; government institutions, and Africa diaspora.

Women have raised a number of challenges they face on their daily lives, women and children abuse, unemployment were raised sharply during the high level panel discussions that presented about how gender based violence is affecting communities and the opportunities for women at community level and an ooverview of government programmes to address gender inequality.

Building up to the dialogue, political principals accompanied by government officials handed over a house, groceries and provided social work services to a 72 – year old woman - Mrs Moleko at Protea in ward 6. Mrs Moleko looks after 3 grandchildren whereby two of them are living with disabilities and solemnly depend on social grant incentives.

First day of this three - day programme was concluded by a massive “services on wheels” programme at two areas i.e. Maluti and Ha- Nchodu village where communities were able to access government services without having to travel to town. Departments such as Home Affairs, Social Development, SASSA, Health, Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs & Tourism, Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform, Department of Human Settlements and SAPS formed part of bringing government services closer to the people.

“We are happy as the local municipality to have been given the opportunity to host an event of this calibre, as it had economic spinoffs for our local accommodation establishments, filling stations and catering services companies, to mention but a few” said Cllr Mshuqwana, Matatiele LM speaker. The event also honoured the 100 years’ centenary of Tata Nelson Mandela and Mama Albertina Nontsikelelo Sisulu and remembered one of our own – the late Mme Maggie Resha – a struggle icon who sacrificed her time and contributed to the liberation of our country. Mme Resha hail from Ramohlakoana in Matatiele.

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