Ms Jennifer (Jenny) Ann Schreiner
Ms Jenny Schreiner was appointed as Director-General of the Department of Women located in the Presidency, with effect from 1 April 2015. She is an accomplished administrator, manager and researcher, and brings to Department of Women an abundance of experience at a strategic level in the public service and in the non-governmental sector.
Prior to joining the Department of Women, Ms Schreiner served as the Director-General at the Economic Development Department (EDD) from 2012 until March 2015, where she worked alongside DGs of DTI and NT to coordinate the work on Outcome 4: Decent employment through inclusive economic growth and worked with the core departments of the Economic and Infrastructure Cluster on the economic priorities for the MTSF.
She was employed in the position of Chief Deputy Commissioner (DDG level) in the Department of Correctional Services from 2002 to 2012, where she was responsible for core business policy, operations management, cluster management, elements of corporate management, and strategic management. She served a ten month period as Acting National Commissioner of Correctional Services during a period in which the Department was implementing the OSD for correctional officials against a need for massive budget reprioritisation, and on-going implementation of the White Paper on Corrections. She has served as a member of the National Council of Correctional Services from 2005 to 2012, playing an important role of linking the external experts on the panel with the core policy and operations of the Department. Prior to joining the Department of Correctional Services, she was employed in the National Intelligence Coordinating Committee from 1997 to 2002, with responsibilities spanning Staff Officer to the Coordinator for Intelligence and the shared responsibility for the National Intelligence Estimates Board. While working in the security cluster of Government, Ms Schreiner has worked extensively in inter-departmental structures in the Justice, Crime Prevention and Security cluster, the Social Cluster and in the International Relations cluster
Prior to joining the Public Service senior management service, Ms Schreiner served as a Member of Parliament from 1994 to 1997, serving as the Chairperson of the Constitutional Assembly Sub-Theme Committee on Security Services; a member of the Joint Standing Committees on Intelligence and on Defence; and member of the Safety and Security, Correctional Services and Defence Portfolio Committees, .
Ms Schreiner has an extended contribution to writing and thinking around gender transformation in South Africa, and has been involved in various ways in research, knowledge and information management both in the academic world and in the public service. She supervised the research function in Correctional Services and established and chaired the Correctional Services’ Research Ethics Committee and the Research Consultative Forum, which enhanced the interaction between Correctional Services and its intellectual stakeholders.
Ms Schreiner has been involved in various research and writing projects both in non-governmental organisations and in government departments. She played a key role in the drafting and editing of the White paper on Corrections in South Africa and the Draft White Paper on Remand Detention. She has published both under her name and pseudonyms prior to becoming a public servant.
She has been involved in extensive research and writing in gender studies and been involved in an informal research group on theory on women's oppression. Her academic research has focused on across various areas of research on gender studies –
Schreiner, J.A 1982 “Thina Singoomama, asinakabulawa – forms of organization adopted by the Federation of South African Women in the Western Cape” Dissertation in partial fulfilment of BA Honours degree, UCT
Schreiner, J.A. 1987 “Women working for their Freedom: FCWU and AFCWU and the Woman Question”. Thesis for MA in Sociology, UCT
Schreiner, J.A. 2004 “Rape as a Human Security Issue, With Specific Reference to South Africa.” Dissertation in partial fulfilment of Masters in Security Studies (MSS) at University of Pretoria