South Africa falling short in gender equality standards

With less than a year left until the deadline for countries to reach the millennium development goals set by the United Nations, the majority of women in South Africa are not benefitting from gains made in terms of gender equality. This is in part caused by gender-based violence, according to the Commission for Gender Equality.

Eight of the goals, which address global issues such as health and education, were adopted in 2000 by 189 countries were to be achieved by December 31 2015.

The development goals aimed at promoting gender equality and empowering women includes targets such as an equal enrolment ratio of girls to boys in primary, secondary and tertiary educational institutions as well as equal levels of literacy across genders. South Africa is on track to achieve these.

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Image – A file photograph of Sonke Gender Justice network activists. The majority of women in SA are not benefitting from gains made in terms of gender equality, says the Commission for Gender Equality. (Gallo)