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SASCOC’s Gender Equity Commission up and running

A successful first meeting of SASCOC’s newly formed Gender Equity Commission was staged in Johannesburg recently.

Chaired by the Olympic governing body’s First Vice-President, Ms Hajera Kajee, the meeting took place at Olympic House. One of the key functions of the Commission will be to monitor the development of gender equity across the full South African sporting spectrum.

The Commission will be made up of SASCOC Board members, SASCOC members as well as people with particular expertise on gender equity.

The first meeting was attended by Commission members Ms Merrill King, Ms Ilhaam Groenewald and Messrs Jerry Masia and Bongani Zondi.

The Commission plans to meet on a regular three-monthly basis but the next meeting will be conducted on Sunday, 22 April, again at Olympic House.

Among various matters discussed at the meeting were the fact that there is a wide stigma that women are only seen as fit to be placed as secretaries and not play any part in major decision making or chairing of important meetings.

The meeting also discussed the fact that culture and religion can become major hindrances to the participation of women.

The Commission also hopes to extend its influence outside South African in future and envisages collaboration with other countries in the continent, once its own house in order. The Commission also believes the continental link would have a positive effect on the influence of gender equality and the participation of women.

For his part, SASCOC CEO Mr Tubby Reddy heartily endorsed the establishment of the Commission. “I have recently returned from the meeting of ANOC, the Olympic Committees of the world and the aspect of gender equality and women leadership and participation was a large focus. Our federations will need to adhere to the resolutions from this meeting.