Ramaphosa warns against patriarchy

LONDON, 8 March 2018 - #MeToo took social media by storm last year as more women came forward, speaking out about sexual harassment. The world celebrates International Women's Day today. Video: eNCA

JOHANNESBURG - President Cyril Ramphosa says South Africa must dedicate Thursday's International Women's Day celebrations to struggle stalwarts like as Albertina Sisulu, who fought for the emancipation of women.

He called for equal representation in all sectors saying women face disadvantages both at home and in the workplace.

“We must work together to significantly improve the status of women – and especially young women - in the economy, ensuring that we achieve gender parity. Women must be equally represented in the workplace and must receive equal pay,” he said in a statement.

Ramaphosa warned against patriarchy, saying it has no place in a democratic South Africa.

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The president said his government will strengthen efforts to support women in the country.

It comes as the day recognises movements across the world, like #MeToo, that has helped women speak out against sexual harassment and abuse. 

But was this just a viral buzz or has it meant real change?

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