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President Ramaphosa Says SA Must Build An Economy That Improves Material Position Of Women

President Cyril Ramaphosa preparing his SONA 2018 Speech at his official residence Highstead, Cape Town. 16/02/2018, Elmond Jiyane, GCIS

President Cyril Ramaphosa says South Africa must build a fundamentally different economy post-the COVID-19 pandemic which among other things, substantially improves the material position of women.

Ramaphosa was writing in his weekly letter to the nation on Monday, just a day after Women’s Day.

He says “ours must be the generation that ends the oppression of women in all its forms”, adding that we owe it to the brave generation of Women who in 1956 marched against oppression.

He has urged commitment from all sectors of society.

President Cyril Ramaphosa says while government must provide economic opportunities for women and create an enabling framework, businesses must support women-owned enterprises in the procurement of goods and services, appoint more women to management positions and ensure protection from harassment.

He says transport operators, university administrators, school governing bodies, and religious organisations should create conditions for women and girls to travel, study and worship in safety.

Men too must reject and speak out against gender-based violence (GBV) even if it is against friends, fathers, or brothers.

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