Media Invite

06 March 2012

International Women's Day Celebration

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO), in partnership with the Gauteng Provincial Government, the Department for Women, Children and Persons with Disabilities (DWCPD) and the United Nations Development Programme (UDP) will host a two-day event in Pretoria (08-09 March 2012) to mark International Women’s Day (IWD) under the theme: “Connecting Girls and Inspiring Futures”.

International Women’s Day, marked annually on 08 March, is an occasion for countries to honour women for their economic, political and social achievements and to share best practices with regard to overcoming the challenges in achieving women’s empowerment and gender equality.

The aim of this event will be to honour the achievements of women on the Continent and to facilitate intergenerational discussions and mentorship amongst women with a view to inspire future women leaders.

Some of the highlights will include the Intergenerational Dialogue under the topic: “Women in Leadership: Sharing experiences and celebrating success”.

International Relations and Co-operation Minister, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, WCPD Minister Lulu Xingwana and Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane, will be among the women to lead this Dialogue.

Participants at the event will include: Women Ministers of the Republic of South Africa; Women Members of the Gauteng Executive Committee; Members of the Diplomatic Corps; Senior officials of National and Provincial Governments; National and Provincial Gender Machineries; Women from the SADC countries; Representatives of Progressive Women’s Movement; Political Parties; Student Organisations; Religious Groups; Business Organisations; Media Houses; Children from girls homes and young girls from designated groupings.


Date: 08-09 March 2012

Time: 10:00 (media to arrive at 09:00 for registration)

Venue: OR Tambo Building, Rietondale, Pretoria (460 Soutpansberg Road)

RSVP: Laoura Lazouras / 012 351 1256 / 083 564 2024

For general inquiries, kindly contact Nelson Kgwete on 076 431 3078

Issued by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation

OR Tambo Building
460 Soutpansberg Road

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