In light of the recent celebration of Women’s Day- attention has been brought to the fact that although huge strides have been made in propelling Women’s Rights around the world, young girls and women are still being forcibly married, trafficked, paid less than their male counterparts and generally sexualised.
In South Africa, women are torn between holding onto their culture whilst still trying to promote themselves as liberal, career women.
According to Dr Erin Tunney, one major issue preventing women from achieving equality is poor urban planning coupled with economic vulnerability. Although there has been thousands of new housing developments over the past 20 years, these developments, are often poorly constructed. Many lacked the basic consideration for young children and women’s safety, with houses lacking inside toilets, and female occupants being forced to use outside to facilities.
As much as the legislation has been drafted to protect the South African women’s rights, it seems as though the justice system contributes to South African women’s inequality. Many women report that police rarely respond to domestic violence calls.
In theory we have the law to support our rights, however the practical implementation of this is lacking.
When women can feel safe, they are free.
Right now we still have a long way to go.
Great women who hold up our country and upon their shoulders we stand.
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