Invitation to the historic Gender Terminology Project Launch in Afrikaans

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Release Date:  18 March 2021 

To:  Members of the Media 

Time: 10h00 – 13h00
Venue: Virtual Launch
RSVP: Javu Baloyi – Javu@cge.org.za or 083 579 3306 

Today, the 18th March 2021 from 10h00 – 13h00, the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) in partnership with the Pan South African Language Board (PanSALB), and the Department of Sports Arts Culture and Recreation: Language services (Dept. SACR) in the Western Cape will have a virtual launch a first of its kind, a booklet comprising of gender terminology in Afrikaans. The booklet has seen greater involvement of Dr. Gerda Odendaal, the Chairperson of Afrikaans National Language Board (ANLB), who will also be one of the speakers at the launch. 

The gender terminology project aims to mainstream gender equality through ‘the indigenising gender sensitive terminology in all 12 South African official languages. This language development project is in line with the CGE’s Public Education and Information function which seeks to educate, inform and capacitate the public with gender terminology that upholds human dignity and the protection of human rights irrespective of the one’s own sexual orientation, gender identity and expressions. 

The gender terminology project will tremendously assist the newsreaders, news writers, gender activists whom at times struggle with gender sensitive terminologies in vernacular without violating others’ rights as enshrined in the Chapter 2 of the Constitution, Bill of Rights 

This new language terminology will be used to raise awareness, empower people on gender related matters and contribute to a better understanding of sexual gender identity and expressions and all forms of gender discrimination.