JOHANNESBURG – The department in the Presidency responsible for women convened the first BRICS Senior Officials and Experts Meeting saying that there is "no inclusivity without gender equality".
The two-day meeting which took place in Pretoria on `Tuesday and Wednesday, was attended by delegates from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa and sought to develop a common approach to the development of the proposed BRICS Women's Forum.
"The meeting noted that, despite progress in advancing the status of women, gender inequality persisted in BRICS countries and across the globe," the department in the Presidency responsible for women.
"The BRICS Women’s Forum could provide an important platform to exchange best practices and forge partnerships across BRICS countries to promote women’s advancement. Among its key objectives would be the promotion of women’s full participation in political, social and economic life and promote women’s issues within the broader BRICS agenda."
Acting Director-General of the Department of Women, Annette Griessel said the forum's aim was to identify the common challenges facing women.