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Ramaphosa pushes for economic emancipation of women

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President Ramaphosa has called on all sectors of society to take ownership of the NSP in the economic emancipation of women, and to offer them more economic opportunities.

President Cyril Ramaphosa observed Women’s Day on Monday, 9 August 2021, where he recalled the historical march by women to the Union Buildings in 1956, stating that it was not only a protest against dehumanising pass laws, but also an economic protest. Ramaphosa noted that while oppressive laws had been swept away, the women of South Africa continue to bear the brunt of economic hardship.

The president stated that the issue of absent fathers is a tragic phenomenon, as it worsened the economic hardships in female-headed households with no child support. Ramaphosa emphasised that the economic empowerment of women is one of the pillars of the National Strategic Plan (NSP), and that the government would be releasing the one-year progress report on the NSP on Women’s Day. According to Ramaphosa, the report will be set to outline the steps the government has taken to advance economic opportunities for women.

He further stated that the report would also provide progress on the implementation of the 40 percent preferential public procurement policy for women-owned businesses, and the extent of support provided for women to start their own businesses. Ramaphosa concluded by stating that he believes that gender equality without economic emancipation is not achievable.

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