oa Comparative and International Law Journal of Southern Africa - Notes on some aspects of the draft legislation relating to women

Volume 26, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0010-4051



In South Africa, three draft bills relating to women's issues were published during February 1993: namely one on the Abolition of Discrimination against Women; one on the Prevention of Domestic Violence; and one on the Promotion of Equal Opportunities. These bills will be discussed against the background of the government's proposed Charter of Fundamental Rights. 1 The South African Communication Services have stated that the new legislation forms the legal framework of the government's commitment to the abolition of discrimination on the ground of sex and its undertaking to protect women against discrimination. This draft legislation has been published to stimulate debate. We are asked to debate whether legislation should prohibit discrimination on the grounds of sex, marital status and pregnancy, which, it is pointed out,is in direct conflict with the principle of equality that will be included in a charter of fundamental rights; whether there should be equal pay for equal work; whether there should be equal opportunity; whether there shoulc be affirmative action, and so on. The article stresses that unless women should press their demands during the transitional period they will wait a long time for them to be addressed.

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