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A tragic loss of human potential On Women's Day it is important to look beyond the symbolism of this public holiday, and address the root causes of women's oppression. The risk of trinkets, cards and gifts on such occasions is that they disguise rather than address the substantive issues.
The vision of an "open, opportunity society for all" faces major obstacles, none greater than the situation facing most women not only in South Africa, but in many other countries. The reason is that most women forfeit their opportunities before they begin to use them.
Their careers end before they begin. On Women's Day, we should look hard at the catastrophic loss of human potential among South African women.
For far too many, life's opportunities have been shut down well before their 20th birthday. Multitudes have dropped out of school. Large numbers have become pregnant by fathers who will never support them or their children, so that both they and their babies are doomed to stunted, impoverished lives.
There werehouseholds headed by a child of 17 years or younger. Inmore than 72, girls between the age of 13 and 19 did not attend school because they were pregnant. A pupil at a school in Mpumalanga claimed that 34 babies born to school girls were fathered by teachers.
Apartheid bears much of the blame for the disintegration of African family life. But the problem has actually been getting worse in recent years. From tothere was an increase in the number of children living without a father, and in child-headed families.
AIDS explains a large loss of life among young women but does not explain why fewer living men are staying with, and taking responsibility for, the children they fathered. Since ancient times, women have been subjugated. All traditional cultures - European, African and Asian - are patriarchal.
In South Africa, patriarchy is the one truly non-racial institution. All cultures use the same excuses to deny power, leadership and status to women. Judaism, Christianity and Islam have the same taboos about women.
These attitudes are stubborn and enduring. I believe they are rooted in our biology, on the simple fact that women bear children. This fact has enormous consequences.
Traditional cultures and religions also show both prejudice and great wisdom. While they can display bigotry against women, there are also deep insights about human nature. They have instituted laws and prohibitions that protect women, strengthen family life and advance civilisation.
The ancients could be extremely blunt, especially on the subject of male sexuality.Women’s oppression is one of many forms of oppression – including racism, homophobia, and sexism – that is created out of a society based upon the class exploitation of the many for the profits of the few.
Factors of Female Oppression. Uploaded by. This causes a problem for women because, according to men, they are “rendered weak” and need to be constantly “subjected to a severe restraint of John 2 propriety” (Wollstonecraft ). Women therefore are mistreated and discriminated against because of the way they think; yet .
Oppression of Women Essay Throughout history, women were not given the same rights and privileges as males. Due to gender discrimination, women have always been suppressed by society and men as they were often seen as inferior.
The consequences of violence against women are far broader than the impact on the women victims. Their families and friends may be affected.
In the case of intimate partner violence, there is increasing evidence of the negative impact on children of exposure to violence in the family. Oppression in all of its forms is among the root causes of sexual violence. Sexual violence is preventable through collaborations of community members at multiple levels of society—in our homes, neighborhoods, schools, faith settings, workplaces, and other settings.
As a result of the defense exhibiting a strong gender bias, and being a form of legitimization of male violence against women and minimization of the harm caused by violence against women, it has been abolished or restricted in several jurisdictions.