Government has recommitted to take forward the advances made in promoting women’s empowerment and development.
President Jacob Zuma said the new Minister in the Presidency responsible for Women’s development, Susan Shabangu, will work with other government departments, agencies, the private sector and non-governmental organisations to promote issues of women’s socio-economic empowerment, development and human rights.
The President was delivering his State of the Nation Address to a Joint Sitting of the two Houses in Parliament on Tuesday.
To further consolidate the democratic gains, the President said government will continue to advance and improve the lives of people with disabilities over the next five years.
“We will work with the disability sector to identify key areas in which we should fulfil South Africa’s role as signatory to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its Optional Protocols,” President Zuma said.
Another key intervention, he said, would be to finalise the National Disability Rights Policy which includes the National Disability Rights Framework.
“The Policy and the Framework will guide government action to promote a more inclusive society and to promote the involvement of people with disabilities in decision-making processes.”