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Pregs Govender

Author & Educator
Love Courage & Insubordination
Cape Town
Pregs Govender is an author and teacher who has served as a trade union educator, an MP and A Human Rights Commissioner. She uses her book, Love and Courage, A Story of Insubordination, to incite the transformation of unjust systems that destroy humanity and the earth.

In SA’s first Parliamentary budget debates in 1994, Pregs initiated SA’s globally influential ‘Women’s Budget’ and steered its political impact on SA’s 1999 Budget. She was the only MP to register opposition to the arms deal in SA's Defence Budget Vote, arguing it not SA’s priority. She was Chair of Parliament’s Women’s Committee, when it ensured that 80% of feminist transformative legislative priorities were enacted. She also chaired public hearings on HIV/Aids that broke the costly silence of the ANC Caucus on treatment. Her Committee’s report also tackled Big Pharma use of patents to inflate prices. When Government launched its neo-liberal economic policy, (GEAR), Pregs declined to be the ANC’s chosen woman speaker.

As SAHRC Commissioner and  Deputy Chair (2009-2015), Pregs advanced the interdependence of all rights, connecting individual violations to macroeconomic policies driving poverty, inequality and increasing women’s vulnerability. She drove implementation of SAHRC findings at local and provincial level and secured a country-wide report from the Presidency on water and sanitation. As Deputy Chair she asserted the importance of meaningful public participation, government responsibility and corporate accountability.

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Tuesday, November 17

18:15 CET

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