Women are 'far from being liberated'
Johannesburg - Women in South Africa are still far from being liberated, said the Congress of SA Trade Unions deputy general secretary on Saturday.
"Years after the dawn of democracy, women still bear the brunt of discriminative cultural practices," Bheki Ntshalintshali said.
He was speaking at the KwaZulu-Natal women’s' heritage dialogue on Saturday.
"We need to make an assessment whether we have indeed made progress in terms of the liberation of women from the bondage of patriarchy."
The governments' withdrawal from the provision of basic services left women with additional burdens and responsibilities.
"It is women who have suffered under the wrath of privatisation of public services," Ntshalintshali said.
Women, particularly in rural areas, were facing an unemployment crisis and those who were employed were likely to be paid less than their male counterparts.
He said it was a disgrace that there were about 600 deaths per 100 000 births in a country where money was spent on elite projects like the Gautrain.
"These facts should make us even more determined to see the implementation of the National Health Insurance as well as the building of a preventative, as opposed to curative, healthcare system," he said.
He said daily patriarchal oppression, economic exploitation and racial injustice should inspire working class women to struggle for a better world.