Xingwana: Women have it better now

2012-08-06 16:31

Pretoria - The government has made significant strides in improving the lives of women since 1994, Minister of Women, Children and People with Disabilities Lulu Xingwana said on Monday.

Women now had rights and services "that were a dream 20 years ago", she told reporters in Pretoria.

"Our policies and programmes that we introduced in 1994 have assisted to improve the living conditions of women. They now have access to opportunities, rights and services that were a dream 20 years ago."

Despite notable developments, women remain hindered by problems related to poverty, inequality, and unemployment.

She said the government was concerned over the exclusion and under-representation of women at executive levels of many companies.

August marks Women's Month in South Africa. The nation commemorates National Women’s Day on Thursday.

  • veritas.odium.paret - 2012-08-06 16:44

    Thursday? Is this when that ''strike a woman, strike a rock'' saying will be doing the rounds? I always wonder what people who say it really mean...

  • sibiya.nqubeko - 2012-08-06 16:45

    Power to "IMBOKODO"

  • scouter.fourone - 2012-08-06 17:15

    So how is it that so many women continue to be raped and abused in SA - according to the self same Government you profess to represent, at least. Maybe if you were living in a Township right now, instead of doing the whole 'neouveau riche' number, you might entertain a somewhat different perspective.

  • CORNHOLIO - 2012-08-06 17:46

    hau! how?

  • J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-08-06 17:47

    Black women work hard today, and are abused, as they have always done and been in history

  • andrew.whale.39 - 2012-08-06 17:52

    Yet we still have one of the highest rape statistics in the world. While there may be progress, and I applaud it, we still need to have harsher punishment for these (and other) crimes and a tangible legal system to manage it efficiently.

  • AlwynDogmatic - 2012-08-06 18:00


  • itse.nnete.1 - 2012-08-06 18:25

    The ANC has made significant strides in improving the lives of women within the ANC since 1994...AND guess what,they only fly first class and do not ever wonder into the PTA CBD as it is too ghetto for them.High class women I tell you...such as Lulu Xingwana and Lindiwe Sisulu.

  • Erna - 2012-08-06 18:42

    Stop worrying about women getting executive positions. Instead start worrying about abuse of women; rape of women and girls; teenage pregnancies; women who have multiple pregnancies with different men but none of the children have 'fathers'; education of girls.

  • irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-08-06 19:42

    Blah, blah, blah, blah, yadda, yadda, yadda.

  • jan.vanriebeeck.73 - 2012-08-06 20:08

    Tell that to all the rape victims and woman that cannot freely go where they would like to go without great and tremendous fear. Tell that to every Husband and Child that have stood around the graves of their loving mothers and wives who were brutally cut down. Hmm, I think the world is starting to see through the liberal smoke screen.

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