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Organisations have their say on women’s rights, gender parity in Parly

The Commission for Gender Equality has called for punitive measures against political parties who don't adhere to the 50/50 gender parity.

NCOP deputy chairperson Raseriti Tau and Chairperson of the Multi-Party Women Caucus Rosalia Morutoa. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - A number of organisations representing the interests of women have gathered in Parliament on Monday for a Women’s Charter Review Conference.

The conference serves as a launch pad to engage women across all sectors of society on issues like gender-based violence and gender parity.

The Commission for Gender Equality has called for punitive measures against political parties who don't adhere to the 50/50 gender parity.

The commission's Nomsisi Bata says this will ensure that parties don't pay lip service to advance women representation.

“We will not rest until 50/50 representation is legislated and punitive measures apply to political parties who do not adhere to this.”

NCOP deputy chairperson Raseriti Tau says men and boys should play a greater role in advancing women’s rights.

“The engagement of men and boys is invaluable and incalculable in advancing women’s rights.”

The conference will culminate in the adoption of a Women’s Charter which will take place in March next year.

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)