Essay On Gender Equality In South Africa

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Section 9 in the South African Bill of Rights specifically provides that: 9. (1) Everyone is equal before the law and has the right to equal protection and benefit of the law The Gender and Development Network defines harmful cultural and social practices as a:“… form of discrimination; they violate the human rights of affected individuals, particularly women and girls. They arise from gender inequality and discriminatory values, which lead to unequal power relations in communities and societies and to violence against women and girls. ” Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (1980) defines it as ‘’…a form of discrimination that seriously inhibits women’s ability to enjoy rights and freedom on a basis of equality with men.
Harmful cultural practices are practices that exist due to gender imbalances between men and women under customary laws,
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• To examine South Africa’s legal framework in terms of gender equality linked to cultural practices.
• To make recommendations were it is necessary.
Research questions
• What are the harmful traditional and cultural practiced affecting women and children in South Africa?
• Is there anything that can be done to eliminate these traditional practices affecting women and children?
• How do cultural practices and rules have an effect on gender equality?
• Do harmful traditional practices violate women’s rights?
• What is the status of customary law in terms of South African legal system?

Literature review
There are a number of articles that have been written about culture tradition and gender equality. For instance M J Maluleke’s study focuses on culture ,tradition ,custom ,law and gender equality . This study found that gender inequality is deterrent to development and it affects and violates rights of women and children also the outcomes affect the national and international development
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