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Gender Equality Machineries

Guyana, English

In addition to the functions specified in article 212J(2), the functions of the Women and Gender Equality Commission are to-
(a) promote the issues related to the enhancement of the status of women, girls and gender issues;
(b) promote the integration of women’s needs and interests and mainstreaming of gender issues;
(c) promote the empowerment of women;
(d) promote women’s rights as human rights;
(e) raise the awareness of the contribution of women and problems faced by women including the recognition and value of unwaged work;
(f) promote women’s needs, interests, and concerns in the wider spectrum of economic and social development and address both the practical and strategic needs of women as being different from those of men;
(g) educate and monitor employers and the public on desirable employment practices in relation to women;
(h) monitor compliance and make recommendations for the compliance with international instruments to which the Government accedes from time to time, including those already acceded to and which relate to the purpose of the Commission;
(i) evaluate any system of personal and family law, customs and practices or any law likely to affect gender equality or the status of women and make recommendations to the National Assembly with regard thereto;
(j) recommend and promote the implementation of legislation and the formulation of policies and measures so as to enhance and protect the status of women;
(k) promote, initiate or cause to be carried out research and the creation of databases on women and gender related issues including those of health, especially reproductive health, violence against women and the family, and their socio-economic and political status, as the Commission may deem relevant or as may be referred to it by the National Assembly;
(l) promote consultation and cooperation with women’s organisations in relation to decision-making that affects the lives of women;
(m) recommend training and technical assistance to support initiatives by and for women and girls; and
(n) promote the participation of women in national decision-making. (Art. 212R)

Gender Equality Machineries

Guyana, English

(1) The Women and Gender Equality Commission shall promote national recognition and acceptance that women’s rights are human rights, respect for gender equality and the protection, development and attainment of gender equality.
(2) The Women and Gender Equality Commission shall consist of persons from each of the categories referred to in subparagraphs (a) ,(b) and (c), appointed by the President as follows –
(a) not less than five nor more than fifteen members, with expertise in women’s and gender equality issues, nominated by entities, by a consensual mechanism determined by the National Assembly, after the entities which shall include the Women’s Advisory Committee of the Trade Union Congress, are determined by the votes of not less than two-thirds of all the elected members of the National Assembly;
(b) the Administrator of the Women’s Affairs Bureau, by whatever name that office is designated; and
(c) a member who shall be a nominee, without the right to vote, chosen by and from each of the following commissions: the Human Rights Commission, Ethnic Relations Commission, Indigenous Peoples’ Commission, and Rights of the Child Commission. (Art. 212Q)

Gender Equality Machineries

Guyana, English

(1) There are hereby established the following Commissions, the goals of which are to strengthen social justice and the rule of law –

(b) the Women and Gender Equality Commission;
… (Art. 212G)

Gender Equality Machineries

South Africa, English

(1) The Commission for Gender Equality must promote respect for gender equality and the protection, development and attainment of gender equality.
(2) The Commission for Gender Equality has the power, as regulated by national legislation, necessary to perform its functions, including the power to monitor, investigate, research, educate, lobby, advise and report on issues concerning gender equality.
(3) The Commission for Gender Equality has the additional powers and functions prescribed by national legislation. (Sec. 187)

Gender Equality Machineries

South Africa, English

(2) The need for a Commission established by this Chapter3 to reflect broadly the race and gender composition of South Africa must be considered when members are appointed.
… (Sec. 193)

Gender Equality Machineries

South Africa, English

(1) In this section “constitutional institution” means –

(c) the Commission on Gender Equality;

(2) A constitutional institution established in terms of the previous Constitution continues to function in terms of the legislation applicable to it, and anyone holding office as a commission member, a member of the board of the Reserve Bank or the Pan South African Language Board, the Public Protector or the Auditor-General when the new Constitution takes effect, continues to hold office in terms of the legislation applicable to that office, subject to -
(a) any amendment or repeal of that legislation; and
(b) consistency with the new Constitution.
… (Schedule 6, Transitional Arrangements, Sec. 20)

Gender Equality Machineries

South Africa, English

(1) The following state institutions strengthen constitutional democracy in the Republic:

(d) The Commission for Gender Equality.
… (Sec. 181)

Gender Equality Machineries

Zimbabwe, English

The following are the independent Commissions—

(c) the Zimbabwe Gender Commission;
… (Sec. 232)

Gender Equality Machineries

Zimbabwe, English

In addition to the report it is required to submit in terms of section 323, the Zimbabwe Gender Commission may, through the appropriate Minister, submit reports to Parliament on particular matters relating to gender issues which, in the Commission’s opinion, should be brought to the attention of Parliament. (Sec. 247)

Gender Equality Machineries

Zimbabwe, English

The Zimbabwe Gender Commission has the following functions—
(a) to monitor issues concerning gender equality to ensure gender equality as provided in this Constitution;
(b) to investigate possible violations of rights relating to gender;
(c) to receive and consider complaints from the public and to take such action in regard to the complaints as it considers appropriate;
(d) to conduct research into issues relating to gender and social justice, and to recommend changes to laws and practices which lead to discrimination based on gender;
(e) to advise public and private institutions on steps to be taken to ensure gender equality;
(f) to recommend affirmative action programmes to achieve gender equality;
(g) to recommend prosecution for criminal violations of rights relating to gender;
(h) to secure appropriate redress where rights relating to gender have been violated; and
(i) to do everything necessary to promote gender equality. (Sec. 246)