UN plans to drop SA women’s unemployment rate

2014-02-19 16:34

A total of 22% by 2020: that is the UN Women’s target for the female unemployment rate by the end of the decade.

The StatsSA Quarterly Labour Force Survey shows the unemployment rate for South African women is 2.2 percentage points higher than the national average.

Deputy representative of UN Women South Africa Sadiq Syed said the organisation was working to decrease the present rate of 26.3% to 20% by 2020. The rate among men is 22.4%.

UN Women and Coca-Cola this week launched a partnership to eradicate poverty and hunger and promote gender equality.

The initiative was started because of the barriers and challenges women entrepreneurs face through a lack of access to business training, financial capital, mentoring and social and economic development.

Thandeka Mxenge, deputy director-general of the department of women, children and people with disabilities, said: “Women are very vulnerable in the labour market and remain excluded from the mainstream economy.”

Mxenge said there were several micro-retailers in poor communities but they had to be empowered to help grow their enterprises and to ensure their businesses were sustainable in the long run.

The lack of female entrepreneurs was noticeable at another initiative launched this week.

Brewery giant SAB shelled out R2.3 million to support 18 young entrepreneurs – but only one-third were women.

Boipelo Nkadimeng, SAB’s enterprise development manager, lamented the shortage of female entrepreneurs on the programme. She said most of the applicants were male and that having six women in the programme was an improvement.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


WATCH: Man films himself going down water slide upside down as things go very wrong…

What is at first an exciting tummy-turning adventure stunt, quickly turns into a scarily bad idea caught on camera. Take a look:


You won't want to miss...

WATCH: Conor McGregor: Notorious the trailer
Best date night restaurants in South Africa
WATCH: Ryan Reynolds offers fans a free tattoo in new Deadpool 2 teaser
Should you date your co-worker?
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.