Commission plays crucial role in promoting gender equality: Mabuza
This injustice is not acceptable and cannot be allowed to continue in a non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and equal society, Deputy President David Mabuza told Parliament on Thursday.
According to the Council on Higher Education's Vital Stats report, 59 487 women graduated with degrees from public universities in 2017 compared to 36 627 men. A similar trend is evident when considering students who graduated with diplomas and certificate qualifications.
"There is no doubt that transforming the world of work for women and ensuring their inclusion into economic growth and mainstream economic activities requires the elimination of discriminatory laws, policies, practices and social norms.
"To achieve this, there should be a concerted effort to implement legislative and policy interventions to address women's discrimination and advance gender equality," he said.
Addressing the National Assembly, the Deputy President said since 1994 government has adopted different equality and other empowering laws, including policies and charters which have quotas or targets for equity.
"The Employment Equity Act has been further amended to include the principle of equal pay for work of equal value in order to bridge the wage gap between men and women.
"If implemented correctly, these anti-discriminatory directives will allow women to have a chance to enter the workplace in an equal manner, not only as a form of empowerment for women but also contribute equally to economic growth and capacity building within the country.
"The Commission for Gender Equality plays a crucial role in monitoring and evaluating policies and practices of organisations – both in the public and private sector – across society to promote gender equality."
The Deputy President said, meanwhile, that the systematic exclusion of women and workplace discriminatory practices are rooted in a patriarchal culture, social systems of male dominance, and gender stereotypes that undermine the role and standing of women in society.
These social norms and gender stereotypes tend to be replicated in recruitment and selection processes for employment.
"As a government, we will continue with efforts to ensure that we make more progress in ensuring the representation of women."
(With Inputs from South African Government Press Release)
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