How to improve women’s lives
Focus on families, please. Empower women to take their rightful place with capacity building and leadership training programmes. Establish and fund multipurpose centres in towns – especially in rural areas – to create opportunities for women interested in small business. Women in rural areas are not benefiting from all possibilities when it comes to becoming economically self-sufficient. Susan Shabangu, minister in the presidency responsible for women, is correct to change her ministry’s focus. The fact is that we have a great legislative framework on the advancement of the gender-equality agenda, and the challenge lies in the implementation. Therefore, the appointment of people to drive implementation and ring-fence gender budgets for skills training and change management programmes is paramount.
We need to change the narrative when socialising our children in the formative years and emphasise that gender equality is not a zero-sum game, entailing victory for women and loss for men. Everyone’s potential must be unleashed to propel our country forward for the achievement of sustainable growth and development. The 40% female representation in Parliament and state-owned enterprises must be increased to uplift many more. I’m a South African man, and it is sad to be in this country and see how women and children are treated or abused. Even education against abuse of women and children doesn’t work because this animal called man thinks he is more powerful than the lioness. I am a teacher who had my housing subsidy taken away because I am married. Does this indicate freedom for women?