Youth sum­mit urged to pri­ori­tise gen­der equal­ity

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Min­is­ter in the Pres­i­dency for Plan­ning, Mon­i­tor­ing and Eval­u­a­tion Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma en­cour­aged del­e­gates at the BRICS Youth Sum­mit to pay par­tic­u­lar at­ten­tion to at­tain­ing gen­der main­stream­ing and par­ity.

“Such a stance is not only in pur­suit of so­cial jus­tice but sev­eral stud­ies sug­gest a strong cor­re­la­tion be­tween a coun­try’s progress in clos­ing the gen­der gap and its eco­nomic com­pet­i­tive­ness,” Dlamini-Zuma said, al­lud­ing to United Na­tions Women sta­tis­tics which show that women get paid 23 per­cent less than men.

The BRICS Youth Sum­mit was held un­der the theme "Rad­i­cal Eco­nomic Trans­for­ma­tion – Mak­ing the BRICS Work for Youth", in Bela Bela, Lim­popo, in July.

The Min­is­ter said BRICS coun­tries must make the most of the re­sources around them.

“All our na­tions are sur­rounded by the oceans and seas and all have fer­tile wa­ter­ways and rivers. How­ever, very lit­tle has been said about this ad­van­tage. It is there­fore im­per­a­tive that our mooted skills revo­lu­tion con­sid­ers this and other ar­eas, in­clud­ing the ar­eas that will fur­ther equip our so­ci­eties with ca­pa­bil­i­ties in the sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, engi­neer­ing and math­e­mat­ics (STEM) ar­eas,” she said.

Dlamini-Zuma called on del­e­gates to come up with con­crete and time-bound youth-ori­ented ac­tions to­wards a youth-driven skills revo­lu­tion, which will fur­ther equip the BRICS na­tions to take ad­van­tage of the fourth in­dus­trial revo­lu­tion in the ar­eas of our com­par­a­tive and com­pet­i­tive ad­van­tages.

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