The Diplomatic Society

 
  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size

Men and Gender Equality

The four Nordic Embassies in Pretoria (Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden) hosted a seminar on 8 December to highlight the 16 Days of Activism campaign to stop gender based violence.

Pictured (l-r) Dr Mathews Phosa, Ambassador Trine Skymoen of Norway, Steinar Alsos, Dumisani Rebombo, Pule Goqo, Ambassador Cecilia Julin of Sweden, Ambassdor Kari Alanko of Finland, Ambassdor Trine Thygesen of Denmark and Wallace Mgoqi. Photo: twitter.com/DKAMBinSA

The key note address was delivered by Dr Mathews Phosa Mathews, a South African attorney and politician and he was also an anti-apartheid activist. Dr Phosa outlined statistics on Gender Equality in the Nordics and South Africa. The economic gender gap in South Africa, he said, was reduced to levels last seen in 2008. The high unemployment level in South Africa is also a contributing factor. He said that gender attitudes should be addressed by schools, media, churches, in the workplace, and not only in December.

Dr Phosa emphasized that in South Africa the role of the male was reduced by colonialism and immediately after that by apartheid.

The men in South Africa need to heal and as a nation we need to see what support is needed for this healing.

The all male panel consisted of Wallace Mgoqi, Pule Goqo, Dumisani Rebombo and Steinar Alsos and was moderated by Aurelie Kalenga.

Issues that were raised during the discussions ranged from unemployment, inequality, feelings of inadequacy, funding or the lack thereof, religion, implemention of laws to unconcious bias, the role of the family in a stable society, masculinity and education.

It was evident from the discussion that issues regarding gender in South Africa has made progress. But when compared to the Nordic countries, the work needs to continue.

 


 
 
 
 

_________________________________________________
_________________________________________________

Translater


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

6th African Film Week in Athens 13 March 2017 The 6th African Film Week taking place in Greece, brings to the big screen charming images from the African Continent: Urban legends, exoticism from... <|> Early warning centre for South Africa and Nigeria 14 March 2017 South Africa and Nigeria have agreed to establish an early warning centre to help mitigate and monitor possible threats and violence... <|> Abron Band from Iran share peace with music at Tsarogaphoka Primary School by Kgomotso Kgoale 14 March 2017 Kgwebong Consulting, an Organisation Development company that is dedicated to the... <|> Arctic Council at 20: Making a Difference Regionally By Srimal Fernando, Global Editor, The Diplomatic Society  We all know the temperatures are rising in the Arctic twice as fast as the... <|> Marrying of two iconic World Heritage Sites: South Africa’s Robben Island and Mauritius’ Le Morne Cultural Landscape 20 March 2017 Robben Island World Heritage Site (RIWHS) and Le Morne... <|> Easing travel regulations between South Africa and Kenya 3 May 2016 South Africa and Kenya have announced measures that will make travelling between the two countries easier. South African Home... <|> Freedom Park pays tribute to Sweden 21 March 2017 Human Rights Day is a significant day to South Africans for remembering not only the 69 people, who were killed during the Sharpeville Massacre,... <|> The SADC We Want 19 March 2017 President Jacob Zuma was among the regional leaders who participated in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Extraordinary Summit of Heads of State and... <|> Coschem Creativity Award presented to Surinamese... <|> The Smurfs and the United Nations: Teaming up for a happier, more peaceful and more equitable world 20 March 2017 The popular Smurfs characters are encouraging children, young people and adults to... <|>
© copyright 2011-2017| The Diplomatic Society| All Rights Reserved.