News — 22 August 2018


The President of the Republic of South Africa, H.E, Cyril Ramaphosa, will join an
interactive Men and Boys Dialogue in QwaQwa, Free State, on 28 August 2018, as
part of the Women’s Month activities aimed at uniting South African women and girls,
men and boys, in pursuit of the national goals of women empowerment, gender
equality and the achievement of a non-sexist society.

The President will be joined by the Minister of Women in the Presidency, Bathabile
Dlamini, the Premier of the Free State, Sefora ‘Sisi’ Ntombela, leaders of government
and various stakeholders.

As part of the continuous celebrations the centenary year of the late Mama Albertina
Sisulu and the late former President Nelson Mandela – doyens of South Africa’s
struggle for freedom and democracy – this Women’s Month programme also aims to
intensify the multi-sectoral response to Gender-Based Violence (GBV), including the
mobilization of and partnerships with civil society and escalation of public discourse
on the eradication of the scourge.

The programme on the day will start with a historic march of 5000 men and boys
calling for an end to violence against women and children. Men and boys from various
sectors of society will march to raise awareness and pledge to play significant roles
to stop all forms of gender-based violence, before the main interactive programme of
the day at the Charles Mopeli Stadium, where the Free State Provincial Government
will be providing integrated services.

“If the country is to achieve its goal to build a non-sexist society and achieve gender
equality and women’s empowerment, systems of unequal gender relations and
oppression against women have to be dismantled”, said Premier Ntombela.

Details of programme are as follows:
Date: 28 August 2018
Time: 8am
Venue: Charles Mopeli Stadium, Qwaqwa, Free State

Issued by Free State Provincial Government Communication Services

For media confirmations and transport arrangements, please contact:
Pulane Tsupane – Deputy Director Media Liaison and News Services, Office of the
Cell: 071 302 2595 /

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