The Fighters (EFF) marks the 60th Anniversary of the Women’s March Day in South Africa condemning the objectification of women in the country.
In a statement, the Economic Freedom Fighters lamented that women are still restricted and unsafe in SA communities 60 years after the Women’s March Day.
EFF bewailed the violence against women in both domestic and public spaces saying it has reproduced restrictions on their freedoms.
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“It is a fact that rape is still the patriarchal tool to shame, silence and reduce women as simply subservient to men.
South African society has not reflected on the objectification of women and their treatment as mere object of sexual desire.
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 constitute the basis for why they are abused and silenced,” stated the Fighters.
With that, EFF charged the government to provide free sanitary towels in the same scale and availability they do with free condoms.
Economically, Malema’s party asserted that it’s unfair for women to earn far less than their male counterparts for the same jobs.
EFF pointed out that the girl child performs better than the boy child in many matric results. As such, they argued that salary inequalities have no basis in actual intellectual performance.
Thus, the Fighters called on all companies and state departments to review salaries. And, give women the same salaries that men receive for the same jobs.
Also, the party declared that it’s wrong to refuse women the ownership of land in South Africa. That, they said, “restricts access to break from the cycles of poverty and landlessness in their lives.”
To the EFF, women’s economic emancipation is the first genuine step towards the ending of patriarchy. And, the attainment of economic freedom, important to the struggle against patriarchy.
History has it that over 20,000 women this day, 60 years ago (1956), staged a protest against apartheid. The women were led by Helen Joseph, Lilian Ngoyi, Rahima Moosa, Sophia Williams and Frances Barde.