MF Comment On The Commemoration For International Rural Women’s Day

Posted in: on 16/10/2020 | Categorised as ,

  1. The MF welcomes the UN’s 2020 theme “Building rural women’s resilience in the wake of COVID-19”.
  2. Hon. Speaker, this pandemic has disadvantaged women and girls everywhere but the problems are aggravated in rural areas due to the slow pace of rural economic development, spatial planning and Land Reform.
  3. Hon. members, in terms of building rural women’s resilience and the 17 SDG’s namely: Poverty; zero- hunger; good health and wealth-being; quality education; gender-equality, clean water and sanitation, affordable and clean energy; decent work and economic growth; industry, innovation and infrastructure; reduced inequalities; sustainable cities and communities; responsible consumption and production; Climate Action; Life below water; ; Life on land and lastly; Partnerships for the Goals means that every department should follow up on a special report to this Hon. House with respect to the 2020 theme and what are the programmes, projects and rural budgetary allocations towards achievement 2030, together with NDP targets.
  4. The MF introduced the first party debate in 2000 on a Poverty Blueprint for KZN which saw many initiatives like OSS, Green Revolution and the Xoshindlala Programme planned and actioned.
  5. Today, we welcome RACET with the proviso that it allows for open opportunities for poor Indian and Coloured women into the farming sector, as well.
  6. We have to make bold political decisions as COVID-19 has changed the rules and our understanding of the Global Economy.
  7. Hon. Premier our focus should be on fast tracking Land Reform via the ADHOC committee established this week with strategies based on each properties ecological potential and socio-economic context. The MF thanks our Hon. MEC Sithole-Moloi for her dedication to empowering rural-women in various ways.
  8. Thank you.

Hon. S. Thakur-Rajbansi

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