Christianity has also seen much progress as far as women’s rights are concerned.
In today’s world, women can be ordained as priests and occupy leadership positions within the church.
However, the religion is not entirely free of challenges.
According to Rev Pearl Kupe, some of the challenges still faced by women within Christianity include sexual malpractice in the church, misinformed doctrinal perspectives, as well as cultural and societal norms which support women abuse.
“Patriarchal culture has been brought into the church and made to seem biblical. This needs to stop. Culture is dynamic, so let’s make sure that the negative practices are removed,” she says.
Within South African Jewry, the past few decades have highlighted a considerable amount of positive change for women. However, room for improvement remains.
Wendy Kahn, national director of the South African Jewish Board of Deputies, believes that most of the challenges still faced by Jewish women are common throughout society and cannot be resolved by women alone.
“Women need to work smarter and speak louder in order to have themselves heard and to be recognised. Constitutional bodies such as the CRL Rights Commission (Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities) play a role in amplifying women’s voices and in encouraging religious and cultural organisations across our country to speak up in terms of women’s rights and against gender-based violence,” she says.