CDM host 7th Women Parliament

 

Capricorn District Municipality hosted the seventh (7th) Women Parliament at the Matseke Resource Centre on 29 August 2017. This was part of rounding up the municipality’s activities which were lined up to celebrate August which is a Women’s month.

 

The 1st session of the parliament was chaired by CDM’s Speaker Cllr. Nakedi Lekganyane, who took the attendees through to how the programme will be run and, presided over the election of the Speaker for the day. Beauty Rakobela was elected as the Speaker for the day and after that had to preside over the 2nd session of the parliament. The parliament was constituted by a total of 56 women from three different political parties, as they sit or are represented in the CDM Council. 35 from the African National Congress, 16 from the Economic Freedom Fighters and 5 from the Democratic Alliance. 

 

Issues debated by these women were challenges of water and sanitation in rural arears, funding of women emerging farmers and domestic violence and rape of women, children and people with disabilities. The theme for 2017 was “The year of OR Tambo: Women united in moving South Africa forward.” Speaking during the event CDM Executive Mayor Cllr. John Mpe, called on women to take this opportunity to accelerate the struggle of women emancipation, he also urged them to remember the heroines who are no longer alive, who fought for the liberation of women. Cllr Mpe also said that water is life and sanitation is dignity, and that CDM is committed to improving water and sanitation delivery services and called on leaders to work together to ensure this becomes a reality.

 

The event was attended by women across the district who came together to debate issues affecting them in the district and suggest ways in which those challenges can best be addressed by the municipality. Over 200 women attended the parliament including representatives of civil society, representatives from government, women in business, political parties, women traditional leaders, Progressive Women Movement, and others.Over 250 participants are anticipated to attend this special sitting – including those in civil society, representatives from government, political parties, Women in Business, women traditional leaders, members of the Progressive Women’s Movement and others. Over 250 participants are anticipated to attend this special sitting – including those in civil society, representatives from government, political parties, Women in Business, women traditional leaders, members of the Progressive Women’s Movement and others.

 

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