TO ALL MEDIA
DATE: 7 August 2017
SUBJECT: MPLs, MECs, AND DELEGATES MARCH TO VRYHEID POLICE STATION TO MARK THE START OF THE 2017 WOMEN’S PARLIAMENT
The KZN Legislature together with women in the province celebrate the Women’s Month in Vryheid at Mondlo Sports field, Section B on the 10 and 11 August 2017.
Thus, the Annual Women’s Parliament will be held over these two days, under the theme “Women United in Pursuit of Radical Economic Transformation”. It is anticipated that the debate under this theme will be robust as women seek to ensure their participation and ownership of the economy as the country strives for an inclusive economy. “The programme is designed such that women come out of this parliament understanding fully the direction they are supposed to take in order to free themselves from poverty, unemployment and economic inequalities we see in our society”, said Hon VV Tambo, Chairperson of the Standing Committee on Quality of Life at the Legislature.
The 10th August will begin with a Peace walk in the streets of Vryheid. This walk is twofold, first, to celebrate the gains of women that were brought about by the Constitution of the Republic. These gains include the laws that were passed since 1994 in support of the rights of women, for example, the Domestic Violence Act, the Maintenance Act, and the Recognition of Customary Marriage Act etc.
Secondly to submit a Petition to the Police station in which Women raise concerns about the discrimination they often suffer in the hands of the police when they try to access SAPS services as victims. This petition will behanded over to the police and the police are expected to respond as a matter of urgency.
This march will be followed by a visit to the Vryheid Prison as delegates of the Women’s Parliament wish to share their celebration with female inmates. A one hour programme has been planned where MECs, MPLs and delegates will interact with female inmates after which the entire delegation will proceed to the first day of the sitting of the Women’s Parliament at Mondlo Sport field, B Section.
Media representatives are invited to these events.
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