The office bearers of the Women’s Parliament, held each year during Womens’s month, being led into the House by the Sergeant at arms carrying the Mace which is the symbol of the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature.
Legislature holds successful Women’s Parliament in Maphumulo Municipality
The 2015 Women’s Parliament held in Maphumulo Municipality under Ilembe District on the 13th and 14th August 2015 was hailed as a huge success by delegates and MPLs. Delegates who participated in the debates came from the six political parties that are represented in the Legislature.
The Women’s Parliament, which is an annual programme of the Legislature aimed at giving ordinary women a platform to engage with their public representatives, was held under the theme “Women United in Moving South Africa Forward”.
The first day started with the delegates breaking into commissions to discuss issues affecting women in general. Commissions were also attended by MECs and government official who noted issues that were raised and provided answers. They also presented departmental programmes that target women. Commissions came up with recommendations that were later presented to plenary on the second day.
The second day was attended by various MECs including the Premier who delivered a keynote address to the event. The MECs provided updates on the progress their departments had made in the implementation of resolutions that were adopted by the 2014 Women’s Parliament. In attendance was the Minister for Small Business Development, Hon. Lindiwe Zulu, who had been invited by women to make a presentation on the role of her newly formed department in driving economic empowerment of women. Her presentation was well received by all women.
The last day ended with a debate on the theme “Women United in Driving South Africa Forward” wherein delegates from six political parties represented in the Legislature participated. The debate was robust with delegates raising issues affecting them on daily basis in the presence of the Executive and MPLs. At the end of the debate, delegates adopted a set of resolutions which were forwarded to the Speaker for consideration by committees of the Legislature before their referral to the provincial government for implementation to advance women’s issues. Committees will monitor the implementation of resolutions through their regular oversight meetings with provincial departments.
Hampers as part of the Speaker’s Social Responsibility Programme
During the visit to ilembe district, hampers were given to needy people as part of the Speaker’s Social Responsibility Programme.