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Women's rights are human rights - Zuma

2012-09-25 08:00

Johannesburg - Women's rights were human rights, President Jacob Zuma said in a speech prepared for delivery at the high-level event on women's access to justice on the margins of the 67th sitting of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Tuesday.

The event was co-hosted by South Africa and Finland.

Zuma said access to justice was an on-going campaign within South Africa, and regarding women specifically, included assistance with land cases, inheritance, and cases of abuse.

"The fundamental principle in all this is that women’s rights are human rights."

Triple oppression


He reminded those present that 17 years after the adoption of the Beijing Platform of Action, its implementation was largely unfulfilled.

"South Africa remains committed to the advancement of women’s rights, consistent with our constitutional framework, our values and our international obligations."

Zuma said South Africa's approach was informed by colonial oppression and apartheid, where the state rode over the rights of the black majority.

"Naturally, women were affected most, as they faced triple oppression - as black people, as women and also in terms of class as workers."

This meant that women were more likely to have less access to basic services, earn lower wages, remain jobless, and discriminated against when approaching law enforcement or the courts.

"These are some of the challenges we have been working to reverse since the dawn of freedom in 1994. We believe we have done well so far."

Gender equality


Zuma said South Africa's constitution promoted women’s rights and made provision for bodies such as the commission on gender equality to protect women's rights.

"Since gender equality is a national priority, all in society remain conscious of the need to mainstream gender transformation in their policies and programmes."

South Africa was seeing results, with women representing 44% of parliamentarians and 43% of Cabinet ministers.

At provincial level, five of South Africa's nine provinces had women premiers.

"According to recent studies South Africa has the fifth-highest proportion of women on its corporate boards after Norway, Sweden, Finland and the US," Zuma said,

However, Zuma believed more needed to be done as South African women bore the disproportionate burden of the multiple challenges of poverty, inequality and unemployment.

As such, South Africa had committed itself to pass into law by 2013 the Gender Equality Bill, which supported 50/50 gender equality across government, public, and private sectors.

This was particularly at leadership and decision-making levels.

He said women in rural areas were particularly vulnerable to gender-based violence, and an announcement would be made soon on the establishment of special sexual offence courts as a tool to fight the scourge of violence against women.

Comments
  • EricksonTL - 2012-09-25 08:04

    Wipe that brown ring off your face Zuma. We all know your stance 'shower head.' Reminds me of my favorite violent femmes song... heeees tellling lies, lies, lies, lies, LIIIIEEEES!

      mihaip007 - 2012-09-25 08:21

      zuma - given the recent artwork made for you, please just don;t even come close to commenting on anything regarding women!

      alan.jerrold - 2012-09-25 08:39

      Yes, Zuma, you are an utter freaking hypocrite. You impregnated your best friend's young daughter. You have fathered other children out of wedlock. Your history as far as women are concerned is beyond disgusting. Yet you pontificate about the 'challenges facing women.' You are one of the prime resons for these 'challenges'. How can you even say stuff like this with a straight face? Un-frikkin-believable.

      scebberish.umfazi - 2012-09-25 11:41

      What he meant is, only if they are in the majority. and I quote our good(for nothing) leader from a mere few days ago: "You have more rights because you're a majority; you have less rights because you're a minority. That's how democracy works." Reference: wwwdottimeslivedotcodotza/politics/2012/09/13/you-have-less-rights-because-you-re-a-minority-zuma

  • paulo.teixeira.39948 - 2012-09-25 08:06

    can anyone say traditional bill? not exactly a champion of womens rights now ist Zuma.

  • gvangreunen - 2012-09-25 08:08

    "Women's rights are human rights" ... this guy is a genius!

      DerpyHooves - 2012-09-25 08:49

      But are human rights = women's rights or doesn't correlation equal cohesion?

  • raymond.buis.3 - 2012-09-25 08:33

    Wow this coming from the mouth of an alleged rapist,supporter of the traditional courts bill and poligimist .

  • emilyjane.elson - 2012-09-25 08:37

    FFS somebody shut this idiot up!! OMG! The whole world is laughing at us. We're not all this STUPID!!

  • eugene.muller.7 - 2012-09-25 08:57

    There are challenges... talks, implementation, blah blah..

  • hudayfah.newman - 2012-09-25 08:59

    I have one word for you mr. President, rapecapitaloftheworld. How's that for women's rights.

  • craig.lott.589 - 2012-09-25 09:07

    Geez women are humans!!!!!!!!!!

  • tshepo.maganedisa - 2012-09-25 09:40

    How rich, from the same guy who stood in front of parliement and said majority have more rights than minority - all rights are equal and i dont see a point of emphasizing women rights more than others after all we all have shown respect to the opposite sex.If he respects women rights what about the tribal bill that he is pushing so hard knowing very well that it disadvantages woman, come Mr. president tell us

  • Raymon - 2012-09-25 10:47

    Aaag please man. Like you give a damn about any one other than yourself. Your term cannot come to an end soon enough. Mr. Zuma, you are an embarrassment to the office, black people and South Africa.

  • gail.welman - 2012-09-25 11:23

    Does your fine rhetoric extend to farmers wives, or is woman's rights only for some. Some people should not speak about things they know nothing about.

  • scebberish.umfazi - 2012-09-25 11:46

    MALEMA! MALEMA! MALEMA! Wait ! ......... thats not right ...... is it? Never ever thought I would like to see Malema succeed at something, but I have changed my mind when it comes to deposing this...errr.....ummm...I will leave it to your imagination.

  • tony.angel.3975 - 2012-10-12 11:51

    Arent we all human??

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