Original Research - Special Collection: Gender Justice and Health and Human Development

The Bureaucratisation of the National Gender Machinery, Circumventing the ‘Red Tape’

Nitasha Ramparsad
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 75, No 4 | a5568 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v75i4.5568 | © 2019 Nitasha Ramparsad | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 22 May 2019 | Published: 06 December 2019

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Nitasha Ramparsad, Department of Leadership and Training, The National School of Government, Pretoria, South Africa; and, Research Focus Area: Gender Justice, Health, and Human Development, Durban University of Technology, Durban, South Africa

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The bureaucratisation of the National Gender Machinery (NGM) in South Africa is discussed with a specific focus on documenting the historical formation thereof. This article addresses the barriers to implementation and explains the evolution of gender mainstreaming as a strategy for gender equality. Key recommendations for the effective use of the structures of the NGM are provided with an emphasis on an integrated strategy for the furtherance of gender equality within the South African public service.


National Gender Machinery; gender mainstreaming; equality; South Africa


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