President Cyril Ramaphosa says the prevalence of gender-based violence remains one of the biggest obstacles to achieving full and meaningful gender equality.

In his weekly letter to the nation on Monday, he says that just like the 1956 Women’s March, there was a signal that equal rights for women was an important goal of national liberation, ending all forms of violence against women and children from ‘is vital to the national progress of the country. .

Ramaphosa stressed that gender-based violence is not a women’s problem, but a men’s problem, who must be part of the solution, starting with their attitudes and behaviour.

Ramaphosa’s letter ahead of Women’s Day reflects on South Africa’s progress towards gender equality. From the 46% representation of women in Parliament, as well as the appointment of the first woman as Deputy Chief Justice and Deputy National Police Commissioner…

The country has also made progress in securing reproductive health rights, repealing all laws that discriminate against women, and protecting women from harassment in the workplace.

The president says that despite the prevalence of GBV, the progress South Africa has made in building a non-sexist society cannot be understated.

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