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0 thoughts on “South Africa: Addressing a nation of women and men!”
I agree with most of what you have said but your “gender lenses” tend to be very slanted in terms of female issues. While I agree that a lot more needs to be done to address the issues relating to women and employment there are also massive areas involving men that have only been considered on the fringes of policies if at all. Like for example that men (particularly young men) are increasingly figured in unemployment statistics. I don’t believe that this is as a result of the feminization of employment but it also points to a trend that needs to be given more consideration. Another gender aspect, in terms of men, is that men more that women are the victims of violent crimes (crimes other than rape or sexual assult). For example, more men that women are murdered. Another aspect is that crime is mostly carried out by men.
So whilst I agree with you that government needs to be more gender sensitive I think that when analysing their policies and statements you should be careful of falling into the trap that equates gender with women.