Tebogo Msimanga |
As South Africa joins the world in marking the annual 16 Days of Activism For No Violence Against And Children, the Women of South Africa (WoSA) movement will this week lead marches across the country, to place women’s economic freedom at the top of the national agenda.
The marches will take place on Friday 04 December 2020 across South Africa.
WoSA spokesperson, Staff Sithole said thousands of women across South Africa’s nine provinces will take to the streets in a march to demand inclusion in the country’s mainstream economy.
“As women, we need to push for a shift in the narrative of our role in the economy. We have to work hard to reshape the ‘victim’ narrative and encourage more women to demand their place in the South African economy,” she said.
Participants of the march will include women from different walks of life – community members, and different formations in the political, social, religious, business and NGO spheres.
Some of the main demands by WoSA include the establishment of an Annual Gender Barometer to measure the extent to which women are at the centre of the South African economy.
WoSA demands that it should be a criminal offence in South Africa, and in Africa, to pay women less than men for the same job. “In fact, because women carry the bigger burden of responsibility in African society, they should be paid more than men.” Concluded Sihole.