What the top 3 political parties in SA are promising women and children

What the top 3 political parties in SA are promising women and children

This is what the major political parties are promising children and women.

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With elections a few hours away, it’s important for South Africans to look at what each political party is offering to ensure equality for all who live in the country.

For years, children and women have been undermined and overlooked.

Although there have been improvements and policies put in place to address the inequality, South Africa still has a long way to go to ensure women and children are fairly treated.

Let us look at what some of the major political parties are promising to do for children and women, so that you can make an informed decision.


- Advance women’s access to land and participation in agriculture and rural economies.

- Develop a plan to take care of the first 1,000 days of human life, from pregnancy until two years of age, in which the pregnant mother will get good nutrition, be encouraged to stop smoking and drinking alcohol and undertake antenatal care visits from an early stage. The baby will have good nutrition, exclusive breast feeding, immunisation and growth monitoring.

-  Support child-headed families through social security.

- Call for stricter bail conditions and harsher sentences in combating violence against women.


-          The EFF is promising children free education, and each learner a tablet loaded with all necessary study material, tutorials and educational videos.

-          The EFF government will criminalise all parents who do not take their children to school.  

-          They are also promising “a proper crèche where there is a settlement”.  

-          The EFF is also promising to double the social grant for kids.

-          The EFF promises that under its government, women will own more than 50% of the land.

-          It promises 50% women representation in all spheres representing economic benefit, political participation, a managerial and leadership responsibility. 


-          Introduce legislation to protect job-seekers, particularly women, who are vulnerable to coerced transactional sex requests. 

- Increase social grant 

-        Fully resourcing and training the NPA’s Sexual Offences and Community Affairs Unit (SOCA) and the Task Team on LGBTI+ and Gender-Based Violence as well as Specialised Sex Crimes Prosecution.

-         Prioritise the expansion of the number of Sexual Offences courts and increase their capacity and learning and development regarding the treatment of victims and perpetrators.  

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