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Title:Achieving equality: how far have women come?
Author:Samuel, Sharita
Year:2001
Periodical:Agenda: Empowering Women for Gender Equity
Issue:47
Pages:21-33
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:constitutions
1996
equal opportunity
women
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10130950.2001.9675928
Abstract:The Equality Clause, clause 9 of the 1996 Constitution in the Bill of Rights, guarantees equal treatment for all South Africans and ensures enjoyment of economic, social and cultural rights. Its goal is to put in place a legislative and policy framework that will promote and protect, amongst others, the right to gender equality. However, most of the policies and legal amendments translate into formal equality, which does little to overcome patterns of social and economic disadvantage. Law reform alone is not sufficient. The author comments on the Equality Clause and its significance for gender equity in South Africa. She examines the implications for gender equity of recent judgments passed by the South African courts and discusses some of the obstacles to realizing the intentions of the Equality Clause for women. Bibliogr., note, ref.
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