GALLERY: Women take the environmental reigns at eighth conference

Nontuthuko Xaba shows off her culture with beadwork accessories.

Women from across South Africa arrived in Newcastle last Thursday.

In a continuation of Women’s Month, Vulintaba Country Hotel played host to the Eighth Women and Environment Conference, themed ‘Pledge for Parity’.

The conference took place over two days.

According to officials from the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA), a strategy for gender ‘mainstreaming’ in the environmental sector was devised during the 2013/2014 period.

This was intended to help the sector comply with national gender priorities.

Beyond this, the conference also focused on empowering women as well as sharing thoughts and ideas relating to environmental matters affecting all South Africans.

Deputy Minister for DEA, Barbara Thompson was the keynote speaker.

The conference was divided into various sessions over the two days, including exhibitor displays, presentations from each of the nine provinces and a recognition ceremony.

“The conference was designed to keep sharing information and continuing the debate,” officials added.

Among other dignitaries at the event were various female District Mayors, council’s Chief Whip, Grace Nguni and the Portfolio Chairperson for Corporate Services, Racheal Mdluli.

Bruce Douglas

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