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NewsWrap: Women still on the backfoot in industry in SA

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Women are still finding themselves on the backfoot in industry in South Africa. This was revealed in a recent report which showed that women hold A 23 percent of the jobs in the tech sector. The report shows that women involvement faces several obstacles namely which is around deep-rooted societal stereotypes and gender biases which keeps the tech sector predominantly rules by men.

Meanwhile, the Minister of International Relations and Coorperation Naledi Pandor says that advancing the gender agenda never ends. Pandor says the advancement of the feminist movement in the country does not mean there is time to relax, as new challenges will emerge.
She says the government created various platforms and institutions for empowering women.

CLIP: Pandor

At the same time….

Government says it contines to provide targeted support for female owned businesses to promote women’s sustainable participation in the economy. Government is also calling on African leaders to take up the fight against gender-based violence and femicide (GBVF) and protect women, children, and other vulnerable groups.

However some women are still faced with the stalk reality that something as necessary as sanitary products are not easily made available to them. Many women are still faced with what is termed as period poverty. However recently the University of the Western Cape launched an initiative which aims to improve the wellness of students. The sanitary pad project is part of a broader campaign which aims to alleviate some of the burdens students are faced with namely around hygiene and wellness supplies.

And finally cont.

In Kenya and Zimbabwe, authorities and civil society groups are using a wide array of tactics to prevent gender-based violence. As part of UN Women’s Generation Equality Forum Action Coalition on Gender-based Violence, the Government of Kenya and the civil society organization Yes Trust Zimbabwe have each forged their own paths in reducing violence against women and girls. At the halfway mark of the Generation Equality campaign, Yes Trust Zimbabwe and the Government of Kenya serve as examples of investing in women and the leadership and collective commitment needed to build a world where women not only survive but thrive.

 

Written by: Keenan Williams

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