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Tedious seminars and workshops by government and announcements of how the country plans to empower women moving forward is not enough. Action is needed, writes Nomafrench Mbombo.
year, South Africa rightly commemorates the courage of those brave 20 000 women
who dared to march for better treatment on August 9, 1956. These women did the
unimaginable – they confronted a brutal, oppressive and misogynistic system
that day, women from all walks of life came together to reclaim their dignity
and demand equality.
efforts were indeed not in vain, because by having the courage to break their
silence, they fought for justice. 63 years later, we still draw inspiration
many women are still left wanting when it comes to the quality of life we are
afforded in South Africa. Statistics indicate that 31.3% of women are
unemployed, and 58.6% are living in poverty, both far higher than the
equivalent for men. Given these percentages, it is no surprise that in our
pursuit of economic and social empowerment, women continue to be subjected to
vile acts of gender-based violence and sexual manipulation.
cases have been reported of women and young girls being forced to sleep with
men, in return for jobs, school marks and even RDP houses. Many of these
horrific stories have been in the public domain for years while countless
others suffer in silence.
despite the outcry and public outrage, South African women still yearn for
justice to be served for the violations committed against them.
perpetrators in these cases walk free and continue to subject more vulnerable
women to these illegal acts, leaving women to ask themselves, "What have
we done? Where is our justice?"
25 years of the new democratic dispensation, how is it that justice and equality
are still gender-dependent?
is it that women are still scared to report sexual violations? It is because in
many cases of sexual exploitation at the workplace or school – women have a lot
to lose if they speak up.
in positions of authority often request sexual favours as a condition of
employment. While at schools and higher education institutions, young women are
manipulated by their lecturers in return for favourable marks.
cases happen far too often, undetected behind closed doors, with many innocent
women facing the sad reality of choosing between a life of poverty and one that
involves being sexually abused in return for a livelihood.
as the 1956 generation rose up to fight for justice, we also owe it to the next
generation to stand up and be heard. We can no longer remain silent; we must
put an end to this abuse and violation of women's rights.
must now break their silence.
must be known that these violations of women's rights continue to happen today,
across government departments and entities, institutions of learning and
private organisations. It is no secret that women continue to be subjected to
sexual transgressions daily in their places of work and learning and that men
in power use their positions to satisfy their sexual desires, by rendering
women as mere sex objects.
seminars and workshops by government and announcements of how the country plans
to empower women moving forward is not enough. Action is needed. National
government, and more specifically, the Department of Women, has continuously
failed us. Their deafening silence on matters involving women and children
speaks volume to their lack of dedication to seeking justice for women.
are now taking our fight to the Commission for Gender Equality and the South
African Human Rights Commission. Women of South Africa deserve to be treated;
equally, they deserve justice.
is enough. It is time to break our silence.
- Nomafrench Mbombo is the Democratic Alliance Women's Network leader.
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