31st IFUW Triennial Conference 2013
16 - 23 August 2013 : Istanbul
An exciting new conference approach, a provocative topic and time to explore this marvelous city where East meets West. This conference promises to be one of the best ever. It is an opportunity you will not want to miss.
Link to the Official Conference webpage: www.ifuw2013istanbul.org/
You will find all the information you need, including registration forms, fees, accommodation, tours, speakers, programme and other important practical information.
NATIONAL ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING, CONFERENCE and 90th YEAR CELEBRATORY LUNCHEON
24 - 26 MAY 2013
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING : Friday, 24 May
Notice is hereby given of the 89th National Annual General Meeting of the South African Association of Women Graduates to be held in the UCT Health Sciences Faculty, Ansio Road, Observatory, Cape Town on Friday 24 May and Sunday 26 May 2013.
Friday: Registration from 18:00 / Proceedings 18:30 – 21:30
Sunday: Registration from 08:30 / Proceedings will begin at 9:00 – until 12:00
NATIONAL CONFERENCE : Saturday, 25 May 2013
A conference to celebrate the 90th Anniversary of SAAWG, the progress made regarding the status of women and highlighting the challenges which still face women and children within South Africa.
Theme : ‘ENOUGH IS ENOUGH”
CHALLENGES STILL BEING FACED AROUND THE STATUS OF WOMEN AND CHILDREN AND FINDING A CONCERTED WAY FORWARD
VIEW / DOWNLOAD THE CONFERENCE PROGRAMME
University of Cape Town
Health Sciences Faculty
Ansiio Road, Observatory
SAAWG — 90 YEARS OF VOLUNTARY SERVICE FOR GENDER EQUITY
On 31 May 1923 SAAWG was establihed in Wellington in the Cape.
The 90th Year Celebratory Luncheon will be held at The Stone Kitchen Restaurant, Dunstone Wine Estate, Bovlei Road, Wellington.
The formation of the Association was prompted by the establishment of the International Federation of University Women (1919) and SAAWG immediately affiliated to this international organisation. It was instrumental is the formation of the African regional grouping, The Federation of University Women of Africa (FUWA). The aims of these organisations have remained fairly consistent, with adjustments to changing circumstances. They are :
Members have worked on a number of research projects as well as community projects, addressing needs within their geographic area at any given time.
Membership is open to women with tertiary qualifications as well as female students studying towards such qualifications. It is multidisciplinary.
As part of the commemorations SAAWG is addressing the current challenges facing women and children. To this end the conference entitled â€œEnough is Enoughâ€� will be held in Cape Town at the UCT Health Sciences Faculty, Ansio Road, Observatory on Saturday 25 May 2013. This conference is open to all who wish to develop a concerted response to these challenges. For further information access the Conference Registration Form below.
REGISTRATION FORMS FOR AGM & CONFERENCE
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» SAAWG PRESS RELEASE 7 March 2013 : SUBJECT: SAAWG's STANCE ON VIOLENCE
SAAWG's National President condemns violence against women and children
The South African Association of Women Graduates wishes to add its voice in condemning the recent acts of violence against women and children. Much has been said about finding a solution to the high rate of violence (also against men and boys) perpetrated in South Africa. It has been good to note the many expressions of anger against this violence have come from men.
I mention this as it would appear that so much abuse and violence stems from a mindset where intimidation, harassment and violent acts are seen as part of a man's "right", his given role in the family, community and society at large. The message in South Africa must be made loud and clear that this is not only a faulty mindset but that it is not accepted by the majority of South Africans.
Any structure, institution, group or individual that condones, and/or expresses support for this attitude and way of thinking must be made to realise that the broader South African population will no longer sit back and allow our Constitution and Bill of Rights to be so disregarded.
There needs to be more education on gender equity and respect for others (and the broader environment). These aspects should be the focal point within the life orientation syllabus — at all schools. What could religious and other institutions do to spread these concepts? Do boys have these vital social lessons provided when they undergo their initiation into manhood — in whatever form that may take? These concepts are equally vital in the workplace to create a healthy work environment.
SAAWG therefore reiterates the need for us all to work, at whichever level is applicable, on changing these negative and extremely dangerous mindsets. It is time to eliminate patriarchy. This archaic notion just cannot be tolerated.
Our national conference to be held in May this year will address some of these issues. We also invite anyone who may be interested in participating in our school mentorship programme to be in contact with us.
SAAWG National President
» SAAWG COLLOQUIUM REPORT
"Overcoming Barriers to Women in Leadership in Higher Education"
The report on the SAAWG Colloquium held on 9 June 2012 at the Health Sciences Faculty, University of Cape Town, contains:
- summaries of the papers delivered;
- an account of the round table discussion that took place thereafter; and
- details of the points of action agreed upon.
CLICK HERE to access / download the Report. Note: The colloquium represents SAAWG's contribution to the IFUW's International Colloquia Project on this subject.
HERE to access /download Hazel
Gender Has Been Dropped Off the South African Agenda.
The article, which appeared
in The Cape Argus
19 November 2012, highlights the significance of the issues addressed during the colloquium.
» ISSUES OF INTEREST : SOUTH AFRICA
Traditional Courts Bill
for Rural Democracy's latest report: 3 November 2012
Read more . . .
New Bill: Commission on Gender Equality Amendment Bill [B36–2012]
This Bill was formally introduced into Parliament and may be viewed at Commission on Gender Equality Amendment Bill [B36–2012]
Bills may also be accessed at www.pmg.org.za/bill
The South African Government Information Office's report addresses:
- Basic education targets
- Further Education and Training
- Higher Education
CLICK HERE to access the report.