2nd public service gender indaba

Fifteen Years of Democracy, where are women's voices in the Public Service?

Date: 20 Aug 2009 - 21 Aug 2009

Venue: Southern Sun-Elangeni, Durban


DPSA contributed in the past two years to the success of the women's month by hosting a High-level Round-Table event in 2007, on "Gender Mainstreaming in the Public Service: Challenges and Barriers Faced." The event was a high level discussion on the challenges that the Public Service is experiencing in promoting women's empowerment and gender equality. Issues relating to the advancement of women with disabilities were given prominence during the discussions. In addition, the Head of Department's 8-Principle Action Plan was launched. The event targeted all Directors-General. Framed copies of the 8-Principle Action Plan were distributed to all Directors-General and Head of Departments to ensure institutionalisation and implementation. Emphasis was placed on the creation of a conducive environment for the advancement of gender equality as well as institutional mechanisms.

In 2009, the dpsa hosted the first Public Service Gender Indaba on 18th and 19th August, under the theme; "Engendering Public Service Policy". During this conference, the Gender Equality Strategic Framework for the Public Service was launched. At the same event, awards for outstanding women managers were institutionalised as part of encouraging women to play a role in the building and transformation of the Public Service, including mentoring and coaching other women. It was also agreed at the end of this Indaba that it will be an annual event to be held in August as a contribution of the Public Service to the Women's Month.


The Indaba will target three hundred (300) people:

  • DGs and HODs,
  • Women in senior management,
  • Gender focal points in national and provincial departments.
  • Various speakers from different structures have been invited to share a range of topics that have an impact on gender equality in the public service.

Objectives of the Gender Indaba

  • To create a platform for DGs and HODs to reflect on their role in contributing towards the achievement of women's empowerment and Gender Equality.
  • To share approaches and initiatives in the implementation of gender programmes in the public service.
  • To support workplace gender initiatives.
  • To learn skills to successfully mainstream gender.

As part of the commissions for the 1st Indaba, the 8 principles were discussed and an action plan was drawn. The 2nd Gender Indaba will provide an opportunity for departments to track progress in the implementation since the launch in 2007.

Other topics for discussion will look at:

  • Investing in women as important partners in development
  • Creating a work life balance in the public service
  • Barriers to Women's advancement in the Public Service


Day 1

Programme Director: Ms Colette Clark: DDG: HRM&D: the dpsa

Programme Director: Mr Geeva Pillay: Chief Director: Human Resource Planning: dpsa


Day 2

Programme Director: Ms Barbara Watson: Chief Director: CPSI

Presentations by National Departments

Presentations by provinces

  • Way Forward
    Ms Rhulani Makhubela: Chief Director: Diversity Management: dpsa
  • Vote of Thanks
    Ms Colette Clark: Deputy Director General- HRM&D, dpsa

Last update: 30 August 2011

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