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South Africa: Gender Sensitive Policy to Drive Transformation
Source: www.sanews.gov.za
Source Date: Monday, June 09, 2014
Focus: ICT for MDGs
Country: South Africa
Created: Jun 09, 2014

In her address the minister said that although much has been achieved in the last 20 years much more still needs to be done for gender equity.
“Given the successes of the last 20 years, we all agree that achieving gender equity is a difficult task and much more must be done. Further, the role of human settlements in promoting gender equity is widely acknowledged,” she said.
Minister September said that addressing the issue of gender requires a holistic approach.
“This must include how we design homes, how we design neighbourhoods, the safety and security of women and children, the participation of women in construction as well as monitoring the quality, and the on-going maintenance,” she said.
Research projects in 60 developing countries, indicate that female-headed households are much poorer than male-headed households with similar studies in South Africa also confirming this.
“Thus [the] continued targeting [of] women-headed households will make a greater impact on addressing the poorest of the poor. Providing women with assets that they can leverage securely for their economic needs will assist in improving their livelihoods and security.”
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