SA women still far from equal to men – Stats SA

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Stats SA: Despite concerted efforts to bridge the gender inequality gap in South Africa, women lag behind their male counterparts in almost every sphere

The report was conducted with Agence Francaise de Développement, the Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit and the African Centre of Excellence for Inequality Research.This year’s study reflects the picture in 2017, the most recent possible marker.

However there was some positive news. Access to electricity among female-headed households – at more than 87% – surpassed those of male-headed houses, which stood at 82.4% . Rural areas saw a significant increase in improved sanitation by 40.1 percentage points from 22.7% in 2002 to 62.8% in 2017, thus reducing the gap between rural and urban areas.

Access to health care showed a stark difference in levels of inequality, with the pattern largely remaining the same as it has been over the past decade. Access to medical aid was geographically skewed, with Gauteng and Western Cape having the highest levels and Limpopo having the lowest.


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