oa Africa Journal of Public Sector Development and Governance - Looking beyond compliance : assessing the role of an enabling environment in the mainstreaming of gender in the public service - research

Volume 2 Number 2
  • ISSN : 2617-7714



This article analyses the role of an enabling environment as a factor in the successful mainstreaming of gender for gender equality at the Ministry of Public Service and Administration in South Africa. Gumede (2008:10) claims that in post-Apartheid South Africa, the significant challenges the democratic government faced included “rebuilding the institutional mechanisms and initiating and implementing legislation and policies that are in line with the Constitution to usher in a new era of a developmental State.” Gumede speaks to the important role of an enabling environment in facilitating the implementation of gender mainstreaming in the public service. This aspect is crucial to ensuring gender mainstreaming implementation in government.

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