Although South Africa ranks fourth in the world for women empowerment and eighth for female representation in Parliament, the country still has a long way to go to effectively deal with gender inequality.
Dr Nondumiso Maphazi, Commissioner for the Commission of Gender Equality, said the inequality between males and females is especially evident on a management level in both the private and public sector.
“In South Africa studies also show that women are paid 33% less than their male counterpart for doing the same job,” she said.
Maphazi insisted that it is necessary for the Key Performance Areas of Directors to be amended to ensure that gender inequality is addressed by forcing them to increase female employment to 50%.
She said that South Africa is fourth in the world when it comes to women empowered, lead by Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom.
Professor Richard Levin, Director General of the Public Service Commission, said even though much more must be done to empower women, South Africa still has a good story to tell.
“In 1995 men made up 90% of the work force and women only 10% and in 2013 this figure looked significantly different as 60% of those employed were men and 40% female.
“Even though it looks much better, the 10% to be made up, is still a long way to go reach the 50/50 level,” he added.
Levin also cautioned that it is not just simply about reaching the ideal numbers, it is also a question of employing women that can make a difference in the positions that they are employed in for the greater good of society.
The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality held International Women’s Day this year on Friday, March 07, 2014 instead of the original date on March 8.
Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Executive Mayor Benson Fihla said a lot has been done to improve the quality of life of our people.
“Many people have shelter over their heads; water, electricity and sanitation are accessed by millions of our people.
“South Africa has come a long way. Stereotypes and attitudes must not be barriers of creating an inclusive and accessible society for all. People with disabilities and employees in particular must not be victims of neglect and abuse as it have an impact on their human dignity,” Mayor Fihla added.
Dr Nondumiso Maphazi is a former Executive Mayor of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality.
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