Gauteng police officers have arrested more than five hundred and seventy suspects, across the province this week. Among the arrested suspects, 95 were wanted for gender-based violence. This comes after Police minister Bheki Cele confirmed, this week, that seven days into lockdown, police had received more than 87,000 gender-based violence complaints. Cele said the police would enforce the revised regulations as signed and gazetted by co-operative governance and traditional affairs minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.
With this high number of violence against women, it sparks concern as to what more can be done to curb the abuse. We know that in the workplace women are still being discriminated against because of their gender, and this is evident in politics, religion and their social circles as well.
According to an article on panmacmillan.co.za, which was published early in 2019, the US is one of only eight countries in the world that does not provide any form of paid maternity leave. According to the article women in India spent an average of six hours a day performing unpaid work, while men spent only one. In the US women spent on average four hours a day while men just did 2.5. Throughout, the stats indicate that on average a woman will spend seven years more performing unpaid work than a man in her life time.
For a society which boasts its advancement of technology as well as social thought, we still remain quite backward when it comes to gender equality. South Africa has a long history of gender discrimination and it is evident when you hear women speak about the inequality many of them experience in the work space and often in society as well. That inequality in the workplace gives rise to a continuing increase (in 2019) of women getting paid substantially less than their male counterparts. According to the Global World Report for 2019/19 women on average earn 28 % less than males.
The rate of unemployment among women was 29.5 % compared to just 25.3 % among men. In addition, StatsSA argued further that the percentage of women who were in long-term unemployment was higher than that of men in both 2008 and 2018.
It paints a gloomy picture for women, and for me as a father of a young little girl, it depresses me as well. Any parent would wish for their child be granted the same or equal opportunities as the next, but it sad reality is that it seems like women remain suppressed in some aspects of our ‘advanced’ age.
On the Social Impact Podcast, we take a listen back to a conversation had with broadcaster and voice over artist Mpho Molotlegi. In the conversation we talk about cat calling, feeling belittled as a woman in society and the inequality which can still be felt in the workplace….