On Sunday, 9 August, South Africa celebrates National Women’s Day, the purpose of which is to raise awareness of women’s equality. The first National Women's Day was celebrated in 1995. August has since been declared National Women’s Month. As we reflect on the last 20 years. Has anything changed? Reports suggest that eliminating violence against women is a prerequisite for gender equality and empowerment of women. Elimination of the gender disparity in education management is key to reducing the many dimensions of gender inequality.
Here are creative ways to get involved and make a difference during Women’s month:
- Get in touch with your local domestic violence shelter group and offer life skills services.
- Sew simple cloth sanitary pads for girls who miss school due to lack of sanity pads.
- Encourage girls to join or start women empowerment clubs.
- Start a feminist book club! Read books by female authors, mentors young school girls.
- Wear something purple in honour of the suffragettes on Women's Day (9 August) and get together with your female friends to celebrate Women’s Day.
- Get involved with of Women’s networking groups such as Life line, ZAZI, Soul City Institute, SANAC Women’s Sector, RISE, Positive Women’s Network (PWN) and Caring4Girls.
Educate our girls today, empower women of tomorrow
Two thousand democratically-elected teacher leaders converged on Ottawa, Canada for Education International’s 7th World Congress from July 20–26, 2015. Delegates from 400 teachers’ unions and associations across 171 countries will this week assess the impact of the collective efforts of educators in the past four years on education and chart a new path for the organisation.
The theme of this 7th World Congress is “Unite for Quality Education- Better Education for a Better World.”
NAPTOSA’s delegation comprising the three Presidents, namely, Basil Manuel, Anthea Cereseto and Nkosiphendule Ntantala, the Executive Director, Mr. Henry Hendricks, Tinus Du Preez ( Chairperson of NAPTOSA Gauteng province), and Ms Glenda Boyes (Gender Matters), are in attendance.
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An indication received from the employer is that the back pay of the 0,6% (as part of the cost of living adjustment - with effect from 1 April 2015) and the back pay of the improved medical subsidy (with effect from 1 January 2015), will NOT be effected in July 2015, but at the earliest in August 2015. This also applies to the adjustment of the housing allowance that was to come into effect on 1 July 2015.
As far as the back pay on the medical subsidy for GEMS members is concerned, it will be paid to employees directly, subject to the normal tax provisions. In the case of former employees, where the subsidy is paid by the GEPF, the back pay on the subsidy will be paid to the relevant medical scheme (GEMS and open schemes) that will then obviously have to decide how to deal with it.
Mandela Day originated after Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday celebrations in London’s Hyde Park in 2008 where he said “it is time for new hands to lift the burdens. It is in your hands now”.
Nelson Mandela gave 67 years of his life fighting for social justice and human rights, which he did with great personal sacrifice. The United Nations declared 18 July as Nelson Mandela International Day in November 2009.
The Mandela Day campaign calls on individuals, groups and corporates to pledge 67 minutes of their time on 18 July and as often as possible to give back to society. This can be done by supporting a charity or serving the community no matter how small the action. The aim is to change the world for the better, just as Mandela did.
The Opening Ceremony of the South African Schools Choral Eisteddfod (SASCE) National Championship was held at Gallagher Convention Centre, Midrand on 29 June 2015. In attendance, was his Excellency, the President, Mr. Jacob Zuma, Minister of Basic Education, Mrs. Angie Motshekga, Deputy Minister of Education Mr. Enver Surty and MEC of Gauteng Department of Education Mr. Panyaza Lesufi.
The event included a dinner that was held to honour the teachers who train the learners who will compete in the 3- day Eisteddfod. During the presentations and interviews both teachers and learners spoke about the values learnt and rewards of participating in such a competition.