Women’s challenges exacerbated by COVID-19: Pilane-Majeke

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The Deputy Minister of Public Service and Administration, Charlotte Pilane-Majeke says challenges faced by women have been exacerbated by COVID-19.

She was closing the Debate on Women’s Day in the National Assembly on Tuesday.

The theme for this year’s debate was advancing gender equality through inclusive economic growth and precepts of a developmental state.

“Research shows a disproportionate impact of COVID-19 pandemic on women as people who comprised most of the frontline workers in the health sector,  in education,  in the police, as forerunners also in the care and the responsibilities in the households. Economically women have suffered, severe economic and social impact from the lockdown imposed to curb the spread of the virus,” says Pilane-Majeke.


According to the 2021 Schroders Global Investor Study, more than half of the women surveyed in South Africa indicated that their incomes had reduced because of the COVID-19 pandemic, compared to 41% of men.

It revealed that the impact of COVID-19 is making it difficult for most women to contribute to their savings.

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