Public Service and Administration Deputy Minister, Dr Chana Pilane-Majake

Reflecting on govt policies on socio-economic rights for women’s

The Deputy Minister of Public Service and Administration, Dr. Pilane-Majake convened a seminar with women representatives from various portfolios.

This included Ministers: Women, Youth, children and Persons with Disability, Human Settlements, Parliament Caucus, Labour and the PSBC. The attendants also included women within the traditional leadership, and those responsible for women related developmental initiatives within their communities within Tshwane townships, Alexander and LGBTQ representative from Northern Cape.

Lack of beneficiation of women in the implementation of government developed policies.

The seminar deliberated in the responsibility of women in undertaking an introspection to identify their role in the country’s developmental value chain, forge the efforts to ensure that the implementation of developed policies yield benefits to sustain the livelihoods of families.

Deliberations included efforts to be invested through partnership with men, to create a habitable environment that allows for technical capacity building, exposure to appropriate technical skills development and ensure that doors are opened for all including women, children, persons with disabilities and LGBTIQ to access and gain economically in the implementation of the developed policies.

Further deliberation included he following:

  • Support and skills development must be provided to women and children with disabilities and LGBTQ to ensure reduction of reliance on the Social grants but that they have access and participate in the socio-economic development within the country.
  • Acceleration of advocacy and awareness about inclusion and equality of women across all sectors to the economy including all emerging global developmental initiatives.

Gender-Based Violence and femicide including psychological challenges faced by women, children and people with disabilities including LGBTQIA+

  • Society has the obligation to socialise resilience especially amongst women to ensure that they can endure all hardships and obstacles which impacts on the socio-economic value chain
  • Religious and traditional leaders have the obligation to promote hope and assurance for all people in the society to live within the unholy climate that is currently prevalent
  • Women have the responsibility to address and build resilience within their families and such will be replicated to the country, continent and globally

Solutions to the historical challenges

  • Women to take the lead in challenging patriarchal system
  • Promote access to systems and infrastructure that address livelihoods requirements / needs for women, children, people with disability and LGBTQ
  • Formalisation of training and mentorship programmes for women in business and other socio-economic sectors.