Economic empowerment is integral to ending GBV, says Nkoana-Mashabane

Johannesburg – Minister in the Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane on Tuesday said that economic empowerment was an integral component in the country’s efforts to end all forms of violence against women.

The Inter-Ministerial Committee on gender-based violence (GBV) in the country launched the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women in Pretoria.

Nearly 9,000 cases were reported in the country between July and September.

Nkoana-Mashabane said that the country shouldn’t invest in building a nonsexist society.

“The theme of this year highlights the role that women play in the world of work, but we also want more women to access opportunities [and for society] do away with unfair treatment that before they get a job somewhere, she should have slept with the boss,” she said.

“Women must be counted as equal to men in this male-dominated society, be it in a government job or in business,” added Nkoana-Mashabane.

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