MICHAEL WATERS ABOUT THE STATUS OF WOMEN IN SOUTH AFRICA
More than 150 countries took part in the 137th IPU assembly held in St. Petersburg. The EWC journalists interviewed delegates from different states. This helped us learn much more about the role of women in the development of countries and positive changes regarding the status of women in society. Michael Waters, Member of the National Assembly of South Africa, willingly told us about the situation in his country.
Women play a big role in South African society, including politics. Today the speaker of the Parliament of South Africa is a woman. Many ministries also have a good female representation level in them. Nevertheless, Michael Waters noted that each political party in his county has its own position regarding the optimum percentage of men and women in Parliament. For example, the ruling party believes, there should me 50-50.
“We, representatives of the liberal party, do not adhere to quotas. We seek to empower women so that they themselves can pave their way into politics”, said Michael Waters.
According to him, the fact that today 98% of girls and women in South Africa are educated is an important achievement in women’s empowerment. This contributes to the advancement of rights and opportunities of women. Currently, the government in South Africa focuses on addressing such issues, as violence against women, lowering the status of women in certain cultures, HIV prevalence, etc.
Michael Waters shared that at the next IPU Assembly he would like to discuss gender equality in the scale of the whole world, not only one country. Countries where the poverty level is high and women are limited in their rights still exist. By discussing challenges, exchanging experience and proposals counties can greatly contribute to addressing this global issue.
Nikolay Gavrilov, Viktoria Yezhova, news agency of the Eurasian Women’s Community
Translated by Nikolay Gavrilov