The power of women on April 27

South Afr Polit Econ Mon. 1994 Apr;7(7):6-7.


PIP: Women make up 54% of voters in South Africa. A delegation of 80 groups representing 2 million women under the Women' National Coalition delivered many research reports on women's issues (e.g., rape, violence, women's status, women workers' rights) to the Transitional Executive Council. If political parties want women to support them, they need to address the inequalities and discrimination women encounter at work, in their homes, and in society. The research findings were a result of 23 focus groups and will be used to draft a Women's Charter. The Coalition will use the Charter to bring about maximum equality within the constitutional framework. The research revealed that sexual harassment at work was more common than was recognized. Black women reported that men of all races in responsible positions seek sex for jobs or for promotion. 50% of women are raped. 1 of 6 women are beaten by their partner. In the past, women's groups were not well supported because White women tended to be satisfied with the status quo. Specifically, they had a servant, leisure time, and a high standard of living. Women are starting to understand that they can be forces of change. A common thread among the diversity of women in the research was a desire for control of their lives. Other issues emerging from the research were women and law, women at work, women and violence, and political awareness among women. The women call for changes in marital law to make sure that women are considered as majors. For example, they should be able to buy property and sign contracts. Women want equal pay for work of equal value, equal treatment when applying for a job. Women want society, including family members, not to ignore domestic violence. They also call on authorities and police to respond more vigorously to domestic violence. Women are becoming more involved in politics, locally, regionally, and nationally.

MeSH terms

  • Africa
  • Africa South of the Sahara
  • Africa, Southern
  • African Americans*
  • African Continental Ancestry Group
  • Crime
  • Culture
  • Demography
  • Developing Countries
  • Domestic Violence*
  • Economics
  • Employment*
  • Ethnic Groups
  • European Continental Ancestry Group*
  • Evaluation Studies as Topic*
  • Health Workforce
  • Human Rights*
  • Legislation as Topic*
  • Politics*
  • Population
  • Population Characteristics
  • Prejudice*
  • Public Opinion
  • Social Problems
  • South Africa
  • Women*