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National News Flash 7 of 2015 : NAPTOSA Gender Desk News


In celebrating the International Women’s Day on 8 March 2015. NAPTOSA’s Gender Desk wishes to bring the following news to the attention of members:

The NEC of NAPTOSA resolved that the Gender Desk should be established under the Membership Matters Portfolio Committee. On 19 February 2015, Provincial Membership Matters representatives supported a resolution to establish a National Gender Desk in NAPTOSA. After the establishment of the National Gender Desk, the Committee took a decision that gender desks should be established in all provinces within the Membership Matters Portcoms.

The Committee decided that NAPTOSA, as an affiliate of Education International (EI), should be guided by EI’s Gender Equality Action Plan (GEAP) priorities in its activities to promote gender equality in the Union. Bullying and School Related Gender Based Violence (SRGBV) programmes should also be adopted and included in NAPTOSA’s current programmes in all provinces.  

Three significant days that the Gender Desk will celebrate are:
-    8 March - International Women’s Day  ( completed)
-    17 May - International Day against homophobia
-    8 August - Women’s Day
With two-thirds of its members being women, NAPTOSA is committed to the advancement of women in the Union. The International Women’s day theme for 2015 is “Make it happen”. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. The Beijing Declaration was one of the most advanced documents on women’s rights and empowerment ever signed by world leaders.  

Education International has called on all its member organisations to renew their efforts this year:  “So much more needs to be done for the vision in the Beijing Platform for Action to become a reality for the world’s women and girls, boys and men. When we empower women and girls, we empower humanity.”

“Education International (EI) Gender Equality Action Plan‘s main priorities are as follows:
-    Promoting gender equality within unions
-    Securing girls access to and participation in quality public education
-    Promoting and securing women’s economic empowerment

Additional priorities, which will be addressed post - 2015, include women in decision making and participation in the public sphere, gender sensitive education to overcome gender stereotypes, balancing work and family responsibilities, eliminating violence against women, strengthening and linking the EI women’s network.” (


All around the world International Women’s Day was focused on sharing news, events and resources.  

Speech of Minister Susan Shabangu, on the occasion of the debate on the international women’s day (05 march 2015)

Gender equality a signature failure (8 March 2015) 

The national assembly has recently passed the Women Empowerment and Gender Equality bill (WEGE), which is anticipated to bring significant changes to our legal frame work.

 Read the Policy Brief placing Gender in the National Education Curriculum – Assessing progress since 1997 GETT Report

International Women’s Day, the International Conference on Masculinities and the UN Commission on the Status of Women: Advancing Gender Equality and Women’s rights

Statement on the Political Declaration of the Commission on the Status of Women