Minister Dlamini Zuma to host International Women's Day Seminar for South African Ambassadors and High Commissioners, 8 - 9 March 2005

Pretoria - Foreign Minister Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma will host a two-day seminar and workshop from Tuesday-Wednesday 8-9 March 2005 at the Presidential Guesthouse, Pretoria and the Sandton Convention Centre respectively, in honour of South African Women Ambassadors and High Commissioners within the context of celebrations of the International women's Day.

Minister Dlamini Zuma returned from New York on Saturday 6 March, where she led a powerful South African Women's delegation to the UN Commission on the Status of Women and in which she delivered a South African report to the Plenary session of the General Assembly and a paper on "the linkages between implementation of the Beijing Platform of Action and the Outcome of the 23rd Special Session of the General Assembly".

The Seminar will be officially opened by Deputy Foreign Minister Sue Van der Merwe on Tuesday 8 March at the Presidential Guesthouse with Minister Dlamini Zuma delivering a Keynote Address on Wednesday 9 March at the Sandton Convention Centre.

The Seminar will be attended by current and former South African Women Ambassadors and High Commissioner who served during the past ten-years of democracy including senior women managers at the Department of Foreign Affairs and is aimed at assessing challenges facing women diplomats as well as the progress thus far made in the creation of a conducive working environment for women diplomats.

The Seminar will take the form of panel discussions led by senior Ambassadors and High Commissioners. Accordingly, the programme and panels are as follows:


14h00 - Opening Remarks by Deputy Minister Sue van der Merwe

  1. Reflections since 1994 on Women in Diplomacy- to be led by Ambassador Thuthukile Skweyiya, Ambassador Ruth Mompati, Ambassador E. Dry, Mrs. A Njobe and Ms. F Hajig
  2. Diplomatic Mission Experience-to be led by Ambassador Lindiwe Mabuza, Ambassador Sheila Sisulu and Ambassador Maite Nkoane-Mashabane


- Keynote address by Minister Dlamini Zuma

  1. an overview of global, continental and local trends in the struggle to emancipate women-Dr. Frene Ginwala
  2. The Gender Machinery-Chairperson of the Gender Commission
  3. Charting the Way Forward-Ambassador Nozipho January-Bardill
  4. Public Life in 2005-to be led by Ambassador Priscilla Jana with panellists, Pan African Parliament President, Ms. Gertrude Mongella, Ms. Nadine Gordimer, Ms. Sibongile Khumalo and Ms. Wendy Lucas Bill

Issued by Ronnie Mamoepa at 082-990-4853

Department of Foreign Affairs
P/Bag X152

7 March 2005.

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