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:
Objectives of the Gender Indaba
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:
Programme Director: Ms Colette Clark: DDG: HRM&D: the dpsa
Programme Director: Mr Geeva Pillay: Chief Director: Human Resource Planning: dpsa
Programme Director: Ms Barbara Watson: Chief Director: CPSI
Presentations by National Departments
Presentations by provinces