Women speak out on abortion
A REPORT launched in a national women's campaign yesterday in Braamfontein shows that women continue to bear the brunt of gender violence and unemployment.
The Amazwi Abesifazane (Voices of Women) campaign aims to give marginalised and rural women the opportunity to voice their opinions on service delivery.
The report is focused on workshops held in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and Free State in 2009. Ordinary women were asked to tell their own stories around the theme "What Democracy Means to Me".
Rights concerning education and reproduction, and rights granted to children, are particularly contested, the report shows.
"What pains me as a woman is the Termination of Pregnancy Act. I ask that it be demolished [repealed]," said Makhosazana Virginia Dube of KwaZulu-Natal.
Mimi Sauli from Ethekwini agreed, saying: "[It] is not right that children are given permission to have abortions, which is against the will of God. And with regard to the abolition of corporal punishment in schools, parents were not consulted."
"Children who fall pregnant while they are at school will never realise that falling pregnant is wrong," said Zanele Princess Majola, from Ilembe in KwaZulu-Natal.
The report recommends national public hearings on abortion legislation.
Service delivery, healthcare and housing were also key concerns for many.