Inside Labour | Women are still fighting for the most basic rights

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Children queue for food at a school feeding scheme during a nationwide lockdown aimed at limiting the spread of the Covid-19 in Blue Downs township near Cape Town. Picture: Mike Hutchings/Reuters
Children queue for food at a school feeding scheme during a nationwide lockdown aimed at limiting the spread of the Covid-19 in Blue Downs township near Cape Town. Picture: Mike Hutchings/Reuters

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As we celebrate Women’s Day, thousands of childcare centres around the country remain closed. Yet, until the lockdown, these establishments provided sanctuary and food to perhaps 2.5 million preschool children and some peace of mind for their working or work-seeking mothers.

Now hunger stalks the land and children, sometimes as young as seven or eight, are often left to care for younger siblings.

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