In honour of International Women’s Day, the Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport (DCAS) invited women to participate in a hybrid event that saw a number of important topics being discussed. Chief amongst which was the role women play in sport around South Africa.
During the event, which was held on 8 March 2021, at the Fountains Hotel in Cape Town, Minister of Cultural Affairs and Sport, Anroux Marais, delivered the keynote address and highlighted how the department supports sport promotion both financially and through various projects.
“As we are aggressively serious about the struggle for gender equality and the plight of women, at the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport (DCAS) we have been firm in our support of marginalized groups, prioritizing women and girls and persons with disabilities,” said Minister Marais.
Marais then went on to confirm that approximately R 1. 4 million was transferred to the codes of Netball, Softball, Gymnastics, Golf, Women’s Rugby, Ladies Football, Drum Majorettes and Cheerleading and Dance sport specifically for women and girls for the 2020-2021 financial year. In total, around R5.7 million was allocated to sports federations across the Western Cape for the 2020-2021 financial year.
Other topics discussed during the event include:
-Women in leadership
-The Power of Sport including Values Education in the Western Cape Context