This event is about celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the 1956 Women`s March. As with other Sector Parliaments, the Women’s Sector Parliament is held annually and includes discussions around topical issues affecting the Sector – in this case the women of South Africa.

The theme this year is “Following up on our commitments: women united in moving South Africa forward”

The theme of the 2016 National Women’s Sector Parliament is “Following up on our commitments: women united in moving South Africa forward” and the following topics will be discussed and debated:

  • The gendered implications of poverty, inequality and unemployment.
  • The impact of land reform, restitution, redistribution and security of tenure for women.
  • The gendered implications of social cohesion and nation-building.

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Gauteng Provincial Legislature August 31, 20161:05 pm

Ms Nompendulo Mkhatshwa

Wits SRC President Nompendulo Mkhatshwa participating in a dialogue on the significance of the 1956 women’s March at the 2016 National Women’s Sector Parliament.

Gauteng Provincial Legislature August 31, 201611:40 am

Earlier: Hon Thandi Modise

Chairperson of NCOP, Hon Thandi Modise, Speaker of Gauteng Provincial Legislature. Hon Ntombi Mekgwe and Speaker of the National Assembly. Hon Baleka Mbete singing at the 2016 Women’s Parliament.

Gauteng Provincial Legislature August 31, 201611:28 am

Earlier: Hon Ntombi Mekgwe

Speaker of the Gauteng Provincial Legislature, Hon Ntombi Mekgwe, opening and welcoming delegates.

Gauteng Provincial Legislature August 31, 201611:14 am

“O mama abazijonge bodwa – women take care of the whole family” – Hon Baleka Mbete, as the program resumes.

Gauteng Provincial Legislature August 31, 201611:07 am

Sound issues halt proceedings and the delegates to the Women’s Parliament break out into song. “Igama lamakhosikazi malibongwe!”

Gauteng Provincial Legislature August 31, 201611:01 am

Hon Speaker of the National Assembly, Baleka Mbete, discussing the achievements in expanding women’s rights in South Africa, including marriage equality, employment equity and protection against sexual assault.

Gauteng Provincial Legislature August 31, 201610:46 am

“Our future depends on the collective effort of women, young and old” – Hon Speaker Ntombi Mekgwe (GPL)