Equal pay, gender violence top agenda at forum
EQUAL pay, closing the gap and combating violence against women and girls were topics tackled at the Danish Embassy to mark International Day of the Girl Child yesterday.
The symposium was hosted by the embassy in partnership with Global Citizen. Experts and activists shared perspectives on gender equality, violence against women, girls and non-conforming persons, and women’s economic empowerment.
It was also revealed that educated and skilled workers were in great demand, but roughly a quarter of young people – mostly female – were neither employed nor in education or training.
Former DA MP Lindiwe Mazibuko told those gathered that patriarchy needed to be undone in order to get equal pay and close the gap. “I believe in dominance and seeking power, and if we can do that as women, mediocre men will be pushed out.”
Mazibuko said transparency was the way to conquer patriarchy. “You get to a place where a man and woman have the same qualifications and are in the same position, but are not remunerated equally. We need to make salaries transparent, That way we will have a world free from patriarchy.”
Young advocate Noxolo Ntaka said: “We should not ask for a seat at the table because the table already has a layout set out for you. We want to change the structure on the table.”
Dr Ramneek Ahluwalia, chief executive at the Department of Higher Education and Training’s HIV, Health, Wellness and Development Centre, said: “If 10% of the total rape in the country comes from higher learning institutions, we have a huge epidemic. If 62% of women at universities and TVET colleges feel they are not safe in institutions, we have a problem.
“I, as an Indian man, pay black tax, and a lot of you here are doing the same. Now 92% of students are also expected to be paying black tax, but how are they going to do that when they are being killed?”
NOLO MOKOENA, Lindiwe Sisulu, Noxolo Ntaka, Dr Brylyn Chitsunge and ambassador Sheila Sisulu during the symposium at the Danish Embassy. | THOBILE MATHONSI/African News Agency (ANA)