Cabinet to Consider Concept Paper on Women Ministry

A task team made up of women from government and NGOs is expected to finalise a concept paper to establish a women's ministry.

A task team made up of women from government and NGOs is expected to finalise a concept paper next week and present it to Cabinet by the end of the month.

Minister in the presidency, Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, points out that: "The ministry's powers and functions will include policy and legislation, planning coordination, advocacy, programme implementation in areas such as poverty, managing South Africa's international relations and reporting on women and gender and also has its own deputy director."

The proposal to establish a women's ministry which will be tasked with advocating women's rights and providing leadership in domesticating international conventions as well as leading policy formulation emanated from a two-day National Gender Machinery meeting in Pretoria.

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