Fact Check: Do SA women still feel subjected to workplace inequality?

Fact Check: Do SA women still feel subjected to workplace inequality?

- According to a new study, 71% of women say that more needs to be done to achieve gender equality in the workplace

- 39% of women also said that they believed their gender had negatively impacted them in the workplace

- Additionally, 45% of men and 41% of women said they were unable to find work in their field of study

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A new survey by CareerJunction has found that a third of South African women feel that their gender and parenting responsibilities are holding them back from career advancement.

39% of the women surveyed also said that they believed their gender had negatively impacted them in the workplace, as opposed to 17% of men.

However, the survey also found considerable agreement between male and female respondents. For example, both men and women said that career advancement and maintaining a work-life balance were their top priorities when it came to their jobs.

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The survey was based on 1 600 responses, Briefly.co.za has gathered. The surveys also shed some light on the unemployment crisis in South Africa. For example, 45% of the men surveyed and 41% of the women said that they were not working in their field of study because they could not find a job in that sector, according to CareerJunction. 

The study also found that 60% of men feel that more needs to be done to achieve gender equality in South Africa , while 71% of women do. While many of those surveyed expressed optimism about the future of gender equality in the country, other figures show that much still needs to be done.

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For example, gender-based violence remains a major issue. According to the latest statistics, at least three women are killed by their partners in South Africa every day. 

Additionally, more than one in five South African women say they have experienced violence, which means that the South African rate of violence against women is a full five times greater than the global average.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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