Women at the helm

By Drum Digital
14 August 2015

How are South African women faring in terms of their rights and empowerment? DRUM writer, Kaizer Ngwenya investigates

"Freedom cannot be achieved unless women have been emancipated from all forms of oppression."

These were the wise words of the late Nelson Mandela at the opening of the new Parliament in 1994.

From the beginning of his presidency, it was clear to him that no major success was possible without gender equality.

However, even in a democratic South Africa, women still have a long way to go in fighting for their rights in the workplace and society in general.

Activists previously thought that it was the law which suppressed women.

However, after numerous amendments over the last 20 years, not much has changed according to the International Women's Forum SA (IWFSA) President, Vuyo Mahlati.

Read more in the August 20 issue of DRUM

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