This CCR policy brief is based on two public dialogues held in Cape Town, on 12 August 2015 on "The Role of Tradition and Culture: What Has South Africa Achieved in Gender Equality?", and on 8 October 2015 on "The Role of Chapter Nine Institutions: Have They Fulfilled Their Constitutional Mandate?". The meetings were hosted by the Centre for Conflict Resolution, and the Johannesburg-based Foundation for Human Rights (FHR). The South African Constitution is widely regarded as one of the most progressive in the world. Chapter nine of this constitution established institutions to "strengthen constitutional democracy". The Commission for Gender Equality is the main Chapter Nine institution tasked with addressing gender issues, although there are other structures within the executive that together make up South Africa's national gender machinery.
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