- President Cyril Ramaphosa believes government must strengthen the role of women in the economy
- Ramaphosa says government will set aside 40% of public procurement for women-owned businesses
- Ramaphosa says the emancipation of women is only words on paper unless it is matched by commitment from all sectors of society
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President Cyril Ramaphosa is showing his support to emancipating women in South Africa by making them more economically independent. Women have been disregarded for centuries and their value undermined. It is time women are prioritised and our president is promising to make this happen.
Briefly.co.za learnt that Ramaphosa understands that making women financially independent will help more than just the economy. It will help them become less likely to be victims of gender-based violence as they will now have the financial freedom to choose.
Writing in his newsletter on Monday, Ramaphosa promised that under his governance, women and their economic independence, as well as their safety, would be prioritised.
“This month we begin the implementation of the National Strategic Plan to combat gender-based violence and femicide. A key aspect of the plan is on ensuring greater women’s financial inclusion. This is because economic inequality and social inequality are interconnected. The economic status of women in South Africa makes them more vulnerable to abuse.”
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These are the steps Ramaphosa has put forward to ensure his promise is kept and that the women of SA are safer, freer and financially independent:
- First, we are going to drive women’s economic inclusion through public procurement. We have set the target of ensuring that at least 40% of goods and services procured by public entities are sourced from women-owned businesses.
- Second, we are going to scale up support for women-owned SMMEs and for women who work in the informal sector or are unemployed. This will include engagement with the financial sector to make financial services accessible and affordable for women.
- Third, we want to ensure more women have access to productive assets such as land. It is essential that women are beneficiaries of the accelerated land reform programme. It is significant that of the R75m in Covid-19 relief earmarked for farming input vouchers, 53% of the beneficiaries will be rural women. We must ensure that women subsistence and small-scale farmers continue to receive support beyond the pandemic.
- Fourth, we want to ensure that women are protected from gender-based violence in the workplace. In this regard, we will be working at a national and regional level towards the ratification of the ILO Convention on Violence and Harassment in the Workplace.
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Briefly.co.za previously reported that a hashtag has been trending at number one for most of Saturday and it has Saffas demanding that #CyrilMustGo.
This is in response to the numerous allegations of corruption surrounding Covid-19 funds and how the ANC and President Cyril Ramaphosa has handled the situation. Some people are holding Ramaphosa accountable for the corruption while others are defending him, laying the blame at the feet of the ANC.
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