Capricorn District Municipality hosted the gender justice awards ceremony for its 2015 Gender Summit held at Bolivia Lodge last Thursday. The event, organised in partnership
with Gender Links for Equality and Justice and the Commission on Gender Equality, saw the district’s civil society organisations and municipalities being recognised for promoting gender mainstreaming and fighting against gender based violence.
Gender Links For Equality and Justice is a Southern African non-government organisation (NGO) committed to creating a society in which people of all genders can participate equally and without
restraint in every aspect of life. They are operational in all 15 member countries of the Southern African Development Community. The awards were made in several categories to include and recognise the role and achievement of both formal institutions and NGOs. Aganang Municipality was named Best Municipality for promoting Gender mainstreaming in Aganang and surrounding areas. In the category for
home-based service organisations the award went to Tiang Maatla Sebayeng Home-Based Care from Solomondale.
Dinkwe tsa Lethabo Disabled Care Training Centre from Mohodi Ga-Manthatha was announced as the winner in the Specific Gender Based Violence category. Promaster Channel Group from Senwabarwana was recognised for the sterling work they do in the category for HIV/Aids and Care Work. Congratulating the winners CDM Executive Mayor Cllr Gilbert Kganyago said he hoped that all involved can move beyond the summit and get down to the communities and continue to do the good work that they are doing.
“Our country is becoming a violent society. We need to work hard to stem the tide of this emerging violence. It is becoming gruesome is some instances. We need to go back to the basic values that have characterised our humanity over centuries and millennia. We should not tire to do something about it. One of the things that as government we are guilty of is that we are not promoting social media that is culturally promoting the values of our people. We allow things to be shown on tv that promote violence that we are talking about here, and that is what we must begin to campaign about, especially we the civil society organisations. When something is drilled in your psyche, you will begin to live that reality because it was drilled into you.
Society is very sick and therefore needs a healing, and that healing must come from social education. Mankweng is twice notorious in the gender based violence statistics, followed by Lebowakgomo and Seshego, people are sick out there and we need to intervene.
Congratulations to those of you who will receive the recognition awards, we hope that you can move beyond these summit and get down to the communities and continue to do the good work that you are doing”.