She said: “Many laws adopted since 1994 continue to be amended regularly to entrench further women’s empowerment and equality in society and in the world of work, ensuring that there is a greater move towards equal pay for equal work, and that workplaces are free of harassment.”
On the decriminalisation of sex work, she said it’s not a policy decision that can be taken without consultations.
“We hope that out of this conference we can also look at how to find a consensus in society and move decisively forward.”
Gender parity for leadership positions was also discussed.
“We noticed that in parliament and government in general, it was the first time in 2019 that we achieved the 50/50% representation in cabinet. However, when you look at deputy ministers we are still below, at about 46%. Premiers we are at 27%, whereas women voters are 55%.
“In our own organisation, those that do door-to-door as volunteers are mainly women.”
Ramokgopa said between 2019/2020, in terms of judges, women constituted only 38.2% and in 2021 it improved to 43%.
“With magistrates, we had 48.8% in 2019/2020 and in 2020/2021 it remained the same. “
The area with the least progress in terms of gender parity is in the private sector, she said.
“In JSE-listed entities, the women chairs of boards as a percentage of all chairs of boards was at 10% in 2021. Although we appreciate that it improved from 3.5% in 2011 to 8.4% in 2015, it’s still very low.”