Only when society starts to picture each individual person beyond “Gender”, we as human beings with the ability to realize our potential, shall we probably foresee a society of “Gender Equality”. For some people, “Gender Inequality” may not be an issue, but perhaps walking back into the past will probably help others appreciate how “Inequalities” against women, especially in olden days, robbed them of a life-time ability to realize their potential
The life of Nelson Mandela, and his struggle against injustice, oppression, and socio-economic inequalities, however, demonstrates why we should question this assumption. His journey from revolutionary to president of South Africa to active citizen provides lessons for all of us who value democracy and who yearn for a more active, engaged citizenry
Despite the emergence of a black middle class in South Africa, it is still among the world’s most unequal societies. Nelson Mandela’s legacy of tolerance formed the basis of South Africa’s democracy, but profound inequalities inherited from decades of racial segregation linger. The country’s first black President oversaw the transition of a deeply polarised society while reaching out to former oppressors, notably by having tea with the widow of the architect of apartheid’s white minority rule.
The poor in East Africa largely live in rural areas or in the slums of major towns and cities, with a sizeable number of the fortunately employed receiving a wage just below the poverty line. Health or medical care is an elusive matter with no health insurance cover while children face a 40 to 80higher chance of dying before their fifth birthday compared to their richer compatriots
Nelson Mandela’s legacy of tolerance formed the basis of South Africa’s democracy, but profound inequalities inherited from decades of racial segregation linger. The country’s first black president oversaw the transition of a deeply polarised society while reaching out to former oppressors, notably by having tea with the widow of the architect of apartheid’s white minority rule.
The magnitude of the problem of inequality in our country, compounded by the painful reality of unemployment and poverty, will hobble any future development prospects unless we seriously debate the efficacy and appropriateness of our policy responses in post-apartheid South Africa
The grandmothers in sub-Saharan Africa face triple jeopardy caused by gender, age and exposure to both communicable and non-communicable diseases that are associated with aging. Many are affected and infected by HIV/AIDS, malaria and TB. At the same time they are invisible in the statistics and often in the public consciousness. They are impacted on many levels by gender inequalities that are intersected by the stigma of aging.
Statistics on growing inequality amoung East Africans on Tuesday worries leaders at the launch of the State of East Africa 2013 report in Dar es Salaam. Analysis in the report showed that the poor control about $12.7 billion of the region’s combined gross domestic product which is a small 15 per cent of the total $83 billion for the five countries .
The richest 100 South Africans now own a collective total of R198.6 billion, up by 10 percent from the previous year,” said Congress of SA Trade Unions spokesman Patrick Craven
Various studies have shown that Botswana is one of the most unequal countries in the world. Botswana’s income inequality, with a Gini Index in excess of 0.5, is one of the highest in the world.
At present, the highest paid senior public servant is the Permanent Secretary to the President (PSP), Eric Molale, who earns P47,380 per month. With the three percent increase, Molale will earn about P48,801.40. Permanent Secretaries currently earn P41,200 per month. With the three percent salary increase, they will smile all the way to the bank to rake in P42,436. This is in contrast to what the lowest paid public workers are remunerated. If these workers are lucky to get the three percent, they will have only P41 more than what they have been earning