Brand South Africa lauds women’s contribution to democracy


Johannesburg, Thursday 17 October 2013 – Brand South Africa celebrates the contribution women have made to South Africa’s democracy, and welcomes the formation of the ‘1000 Voices’ movement on Friday 18 October at Emperor’s Place in Ekurhuleni in Gauteng.

The movement aims to open the channels of engagement between government, academics, private and public sectors, faith-based organisations and citizens from all walks of life to profile and eradicate gender based violence. It also intends to create a conversation around the meaning and impact of ‘freedom’ for South African women, 20 years into democracy.

Brand South Africa’s Director of Strategic Marketing and Communication, Wendy Tlou, reflecting upon the role of women in driving a nation’s development said, “It is inspiring that more than 1000 participants – male and female – from all spheres of society will participate in this launch.  We hope that this launch will kick-start a movement, geared towards empowering women to play their part to implement the National Development Plan.    It is imperative that we recognise the value of gender, along with race and geographical location, when proposing a range of measures to advance women’s equality.”

Brand South Africa’s Brand Manager Sithembile Ntombela will deliver an address under the theme: “Women 20 years into democracy” and will also participate in the event as a panellist.  Leo Makgamathe, Programme Manager: Civil Society will also represent Brand South Africa at the event.

Panel discussions will take place under the following themes:

  • Celebrating women empowerment and the role of Open Government Partnership;
  • Playing Your Part in fighting abuse and stopping rape;
  • The role of young people in stopping abuse

‘1000 Voices’ is an initiative by the South African envoy to the Open Government Partnership, Public Service and Administration Deputy Minister Ayanda Dlodlo. At the event, Ms Dlodlo will also launch the Open Government Partnership SA plan.

Other panellists on the day include: National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, Political Economist Lebohang Pheko, activist and radio host Leila Benelli and Controlesa Chief Patekile Holomisa, amongst others.

Note to Editors

About the Open Government Partnership
The Open Government Partnership (OGP) is an international, voluntary effort to improve government performance, encourage civic participation and enhance government responsiveness to people by promoting more transparent, effective and accountable governments—with institutions that empower citizens and are responsive to their aspirations. Openness is the most powerful lever for achieving this. OGP aims to secure concrete commitments from governments to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance. To achieve these objectives, OGP brings together governments and civil society organisations.  Currently South Africa is a member of the OGP Steering Committee and also the OGP Learning and Peer Support sub-committee, which seeks to promote knowledge sharing on open governance matters. 57 countries are currently members of the OGP partnership.

About Brand South Africa

Brand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness abroad. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.

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