BP 511: The Signs of the Times: Gender-based Violence, Corruption, Poverty and Inequality
The COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown imposed to contain its spread have compounded the vulnerability and inequality of women. Women make up more than half more than half the population yet they are systematically excluded from the mainstream economy; have little access to property; seldom receive equal pay for equal work; and are often reliant on the informal sector, which limits their access to employment contracts and the Unemployed Insurance Fund. Tragically, women and girls are victims of gender-based violence, and far too many are locked in poverty. While the Constitution asserts the equality of all South Africans, patriarchy prevails.