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Face of poverty in Africa is feminine
August 28, 2017, 11:38 am

Women are the backbone of any society and play a crucial role in development of a country, but they are the most marginalized politically, and this has to stop, said the former African Union Commission Chairperson Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma.

The 68-year-old former wife of President Jacob Zuma reiterated her stand that South Africa, the most advanced nation on the continent, was ready to be led by a woman.‘‘Since we are the majority of the population and we produce the rest of the population why can’t we lead? If we lead our families and communities why can’t we lead South Africa,” she asked rhetorically.

“The face of poverty is feminine especially in South Africa because women suffer triple oppression. We are oppressed because we are poor, black and female. The triple and persistent challenges of poverty, inequality and unemployment affect women more than they do men,” she said.

Stressing the importance of education as a leveler in issues of gender discrimination she called on women to support one another in efforts aimed at economic emancipation and in order to benefit from the radical economic transformation.

‘‘If we elect a female President we can look to her to empower women and fast track women’s emancipation,” the former health minister and leading member of the ANC added.

The race as to who succeeds the embattled President Zuma in elections slated for December this year is largely seen as one between Dlamini-Zuma and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, a trade unionist turned businessman who is believed to have the backing of powerful trade union groups.

Dlamini-Zuma, a medical doctor and health minister under Nelson Mandela has pledged to bridge the gap between blacks and whites, the source of widening discontent in one of Africa’s most advanced economies, more than two decades after apartheid rule.


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