Calling for transparency in Commission for Gender Equality board appointments
OUTA CALLS FOR TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY IN APPOINTMENT OF COMMISSIONERS
During 2022, Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities called for nominations and applications for positions of commissioners on the Commission for Gender Equality. OUTA believes the process was inadequate and did not ensure the best candidates were appointed.
During 2022, OUTA campaigned for greater transparency and public participation in the appointment of new commissioners for the crucially important Commission for Gender Equality, an institution set up in terms of Chapter 9 of the Constitution. This commission has been mired in scandal, failed to carry out its mandate diligently and was plagued by governance problems. OUTA joined with more than 40 civil society organisations and prominent individuals, calling on Parliament to improve the public participation process and listen to public comment.