Women emancipation, empowerment, equalityand eradication of poverty…NOW!

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27 Jul 2007

The beginning of August marks the commencement of a number of events planned to celebrate the national Women’s Month. Government and its social partners such as the Progressive women’s Movement of South Africa and the general gender machinery structures have planned workshops, exhibitions, sports events, music shows, seminars and many other activities to mark this important month on the national calendar. Women’s month provides an opportunity to reflect on the gains made in our combined efforts to foster gender equality in all sectors of our society.

The Department of Arts and Culture and the Northern Cape Provincial Government will co-host the national Women’s Day celebrations at Galeshewe Stadium, Kimberly. There will be other events prior to August 9 and beyond in both the Northern Cape Province as well as in other provinces.

The national theme for the 2007 Women’s Day is Emancipation, Empowerment, Equalityand Eradication of Poverty…NOW! The theme acknowledges that while significant progress has been achieved in the advancement and empowerment of women, we still face a number of challenges when it comes to gender equality. We therefore maintain that the ideal of women emancipation, empowerment, equality and the eradication of poverty-of which women are the most affected, must happen now. On 8 August, the Department of Arts and Culture and the Northern Cape government will launch the Investing in Culture projects as part of the celebrations. The event will mainly focus on exhibitions of projects that focus on rural development and anti-poverty. The celebrations will continue on 09 August where President Thabo Mbeki is expected to give a keynote address at Galeshewe stadium. A calendar of events will be available on the website of the Department of Arts and Culture in due course.

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