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Title:Women in Local Government: Towards a Future South Africa
Author:Gwagwa, Nolulamo N.
Periodical:Agenda: Empowering Women for Gender Equity
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:local government
Equality and Liberation
Politics and Government
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10130950.1991.9675137
Abstract:This paper considers how to integrate into local government the four principles that are central to the demands of the ANC for a new South Africa: unity, democracy, nonracialism and nonsexism. Special attention is given to sexism and the elimination of gender oppression. After presenting the views of the ANC, the paper considers the current role of local government in South Africa and its failure to meet any of the four principles. Later sections describe the importance to women of local government, not only as the body responsible for the provision of infrastructure and services they need in their role as mothers and household managers. Local government also influences employment opportunities and sets the parameters for women's democratic rights to influence government policies and the allocation of resources in their role as community managers. The final section explores the institutional options for implementing, within local government, the ANC's ideological commitment to removing gender oppression. Bibliogr., notes, ref.