Speaking against gender inequality
This article was originally published October 7, 2018 in The Sunday Times as a Letter to the Editor.
Although South Africa has progressed regarding racial and gender transformation, problems remain, especially among those with little or no voice. Poverty, for example, is the greatest social determinant that affects women’s inequality.
Other concerns include the intersecting health issues of risk for HIV, pregnancy, and gender-based violence that still loom large for adolescent girls and young women.
Global issues include access to sexual and reproductive health care, literacy and education programmes, delayed sexual debut or marriage, rape and gender-based violence. And there is the ongoing, pervasive issue of shame, stigma, and discrimination suffered by gender and sexual minorities.
Leading global gender experts, survivors and participants from more than 30 countries will be gathering in Johannesburg tomorrow and on Tuesday for the “Ending Gender Inequalities: Evidence to Impact” conference. Come and be part of the dialogue and solutions.
Wendee Wechsberg, conference chair, director
RTI Global Gender Centre
“We must listen to the communities, the local people, to understand culturally what is going to fit and what is going to be the language of the research, and not just say we know what to do here.”