The group will be used to advise UN Women on its work in South Africa.
Members are from non-governmental organisations, academia, research institutions and the private sector, will not only share their experiences but also support UN Women in developing strategies to improve gender equality and women’s empowerment in the country.
“This Advisory Group will be an important consultative body in regard to our programmes and work in South Africa,” said Dr Auxilia Ponga, UN Women representative, South Africa Multi-Country Office.
“The launch is particularly timely with awareness of the gender equality movement currently gaining momentum ahead of the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women next month.”
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The 59th session, taking place in New York from the 9th to 20th March, will focus on the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, 20 years after its adoption.
Member states including South Africa have submitted national reviews ahead of the session that highlight achievements to date, challenges and implementation plans.
Following the launch of the advisory group, the UN Women held a consultation with representatives from gender-focused South African civil society organisations, designed to ensure a range of voices are being heard while allowing multiple organisations to provide input.
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South Africa’s national review submitted to the 59th session of the commission on the status of women was one of the main topics discussed at the consultation, including how the issue of violence against women remains a critical area of concern.