One of South Africa’s leading political parties, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has called for a review of women’s salaries as way of commemorating women’s day.
The political party, in its women’s day message threw light on its call for a review of Women’s salaries saying it should be reviewed so that all women can earn the same as men for the same jobs.
“On the 60th Anniversary of the 1956 Women’s March, the EFF calls on all companies and state departments to review salaries and give women the same salaries that men receive for the same jobs,” said Economic Freedom Fighters spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi.
Ndlozi further pointed out a fact that women in South Africa are still marginalized in terms of salary payment. He said the women earned less than men for the same work, and that South Africa remained a patriarchal society where women were not safe and neither their rights nor their intellectuals strength respected.
“Women in our country still find themselves restricted and unsafe in our communities. As a point of departure, the levels of violence against women in both domestic and public spaces reproduce the restrictions on their freedoms that the pass laws represented,
We have not reflected on women’s image as tools of beauty to be consumed in a society dominated by patriarchal men. Society has not transcended the reality that women are more than their looks, and the reduction to their bodies constitutes the basis for why they are abused and silenced,” he said.
Speaking further on how women in South Africa are treated, Ndlozi said rape is still the patriarchal tool to shame, silence and reduces women as simply subservient to men
He however urged the country to consider the extent to which women remained objectified.
“Society has not transcended the reality that women are more than their looks, and the reduction to their bodies constitute the basis for why they are abused and silenced,” he said.
SA Women have Made Us Proud
Meanwhile, President Jacob Zuma congratulated women on their 60th anniversary and he praised the roles they played in ushering in democracy and defeating the apartheid regime
In his speech during the national Women’s Day celebration at the Union Buildings, Zuma like the EFF, said the march of 1956 had laid the necessary foundation to take on the apartheid government.
“This morning we launched the women’s living monument at the Lilian Ngoyi Square. A living symbol of the bravery and patriotism of South African women and a monument to their contribution to the liberation and democracy we achieved” he told thousands who had gathered in Pretoria.
The president also praised the women saying it was through their achievements that government has policies and mechanisms in place to ensure that women prosper in the country and are not marginalized.
“It is because of their historic achievements that today government continues to work at improving the living conditions of households including those headed by women. They wanted a better life, the extension of basic services such as water, sanitation, electricity, education, health and other benefits,” said Zuma.
The president however admitted that government had not been able to ensure all corners of society have access to basic services but promised that government would continue to strive for the delivery of services.
Zuma’s message echoes that of EFF and DA’s Maimane who at a “thank you” rally in Pretoria’s Freedom Park on Women’s Day, said that SA women have “done the country proud” but that there is still more to fight for.