Who we are

Introduction to the role of the Commission for Gender Equality

The CGE is a constitutional entity, relied upon to ‘strengthen constitutional democracy’. The Constitution of South Africa, in creating a framework for a new society, has established a Bill of Rights in Chapter 2 of its first constitution of 1996.

This is premised on the desire for a free and equal society in all fundamental and material aspects of life.

The mandate

Our mandate is guided by the following Acts and International Instruments

Values and Ethics

CGE is guided by Values and Ethics listed below.

  • Accountability

    Honesty, transparency and efficiency through effective use of available resources and time.

  • Equality

    Commitment to the principles that promote substantive equality.

  • Knowledge sharing

    A spirit of reciprocity and mutual development and growth.

  • Democratic principles

    Commitment to justice and fairness.

  • Integrity

    Loyalty and respect for the dignity of all. Commitment to the principles of the Constitution. Belief in oneself and others.

  • Identity

    Acknowledgement of the individual and of cultural diversity of our society.

  • Professionalism

    Communicate, behave and execute duties in a manner that efficiently and effectively fulfils the mandate and plan of action, and enhances the positive image of the CGE.

  • Empathy

    Awareness of power relations and respect for human rights. The CGE conducts its relationships in an understanding, caring, supportive and non-judgmental manner.