Gauteng Premier David Makhura used this year’s Women’s Day celebrations to speak against the struggles and challenges women still face today.
Addressing this year’s 61st Women’s Day celebrations at Lilian Ngoyi Square, Tshwane, Makhura said: “There are many improvements in the lives of women but this year I want to talk about the challenges facing women”.
He said the time had come for government to focus on assessing, addressing and reviewing all the programmes and policies targeted at improving the lives of women and decide whether the lives of women are indeed better today.
“Women, especially young women and the elderly are often killed, abused and beaten up by their family members. Enough is enough. Men that abuse and rape women do not belong in our society”, said Makhura.
Makhura said the recent spate of gender based violence is outrageous and has been exacerbated by the ‘blesser’ phenomenon.
He called on the public to raise children properly, “we need a systematic campaign to empower our children.”
Makhura called on parents to ensure that boys and girls understand they are born equal.
“Parents should not overlook their girl children, but should instead, encourage them to go to school and create a better future for themselves”, added Makhura.
To date, the province has spent R3 billion on women-owned businesses and the Gauteng Executive Council is 50% women and 50% men.