“I feel honoured for having been elected to be the Speaker of the 2018 Capricorn District Women Parliament, I appreciate the confidence that the participants have shown on me and the experience gained while chairing the women parliament,” said Refilwe Mantsho.
Mantsho was elected as the Speaker of the 2018 Capricorn District Women Parliament. The parliament was held at Raweshi on 16 August 2018. The event was attended by participants from the various political parties as per their representation in CDM council. The parliament is part of the women’s month celebrations which are held every year in August, part of which is to remember the over 20-thousand women, who marched to the Union Buildings in Pretoria on 09 August 1956, to oppose the pass law.
The women parliament is aimed at promoting and strengthening good governance and public participation and also serve as a platform for engagement on challenges facing vulnerable sector of society, women in particular.
“We all agree that gender inequalities make women vulnerable to income poverty and denial of opportunities and the essentials that provide a better life. If these issues are not addressed, together they perpetuate poverty from one generation to the next. This special sitting is an opportune time to reflect on the current status quo and how we can strategise in our quest to improve the lives of women in Capricorn,”.said Acting Executive Mayor for CDM, Cllr Monica Mohale.
Motions debated by the participants are; Expropriation of land without compensation with reference to Section 25 of the Constitution; Prevalence of substance abuse and intervention by the district municipality in addressing this problem; Women and people with disabilities are increasingly becoming victims of Gender based violence in the district, as witnessed by increasing incidents of domestic violence; Emancipation of women through jobs and participation in economic opportunities provided by the district.