International Women’s Conference, 29 August 2017, 9 am

Published on 29 Aug 2017, 12:45
08:00 – 09:00 Registration of delegates Project team
09:00 – 09:15 Opening remarks Speaker of the National
Assembly, South Africa
09:15 – 09:30 Locating the conference: The
importance of changing the world
of work to be sensitive to
women’s gender needs and
interests. This will be located
within the context of taking
forward the agenda of the sixtyfirst
session of the Commission
on the Status of Women.
The session will highlight the role
of Parliaments in ensuring that
working environments are more
responsive to women’s gendered
Chairperson of the National
Council of Provinces, South
Africa and Chairperson of the
Commonwealth Women
Parliamentarians: Africa
09:30 – 09:50 Keynote Address: Women in the
Changing World of Work.
Dr Gertrude Mongela (TBC)
Hon M Mutsvangwa, Vice
President SADC PF
09:50 – 10:20
(x15 mins
per panelist)
Panel Discussion - Setting the
Scene: Assessment of gains
made and outlining the challenges
to creating work environments
that are sensitive to women’s
needs and gender roles.
The session will take the format of
a panel discussion and will seek
to use available research to
outline the key challenges in
creating sensitive work
environments as well as the
barriers that prevent women from
being absorbed into the economy.
Each speaker will be given time to
present on innovative ways of
changing the world of work for
A discussion by all participants
will follow the presentations by
Moderator: Deputy Speaker
of the National Assembly
• Minister L Zulu,
Department of Small
Business Development
• Ms F Shabodien, Action
Aid (confirmed)
10:20 – 10:50 Feedback from the South
African scene setting
workshop: Presentation of the
issues identified by the national
and provincial legislatures
Hon T Didiza, House
Chairperson in the National
Assembly, South Africa
10:50 – 11:20
(x10 mins per
Panel Discussion - Women and
Economic Empowerment on the
African Continent: A synopsis of
the key challenges and how can
they be creatively addressed.
(new agenda item as per
Moderator: TBC
• Ms Daphne Mashile-Nkosi
• Ms Samantha De Martino
(World Bank- Confirmed)
meeting with Hon Didiza, one
panelist confirmed, suggest
that Ms De Martino be included
as she has confirmed
• Ms Irene Chandle (TBC)
11:20 Working Tea Break (Collect tea and recommence session)
11:30 – 12:00 Panel Discussion - Sexual
violence and its impact on the
world of work: The session will
deal with:
• Addressing sexual
harassment in the
• The economic impact of
violence against women.
Moderator: Hon Robinson
• Minister S Shabangu,
Department of Women
• Lisa Vetten, Researcher
• Adv Gounden (Confirmed)
12:00 – 13:00 Plenary Discussion
13h00– 14h00 Lunch
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