How South Africa Empowers Women within Its COVID-19 Recovery

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President Ramaphosa has revealed the government’s plan to boost South Africa’s economy in a speech during parliament proceedings on Thursday. Within this plan, the president has put measures in place to develop women’s skills and capabilities, and to boost businesses that are run by women.

The Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan, as it was officially named by the government, is a direct reaction to the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the country’s economy.

The two biggest factors that have been plaguing South Africa’s economy this year are the rapid rise in unemployment and government-linked corruption.

President Ramaphosa specified that there would be a particular focus on women’s businesses and capabilities when it comes to strengthening the economy.

Here’s how the Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan aims to empower women:

1. Government will support women-empowered companies

The government has planned to put a large part of its finances behind small and medium enterprises across the country.

An essential part of this mission will be the focus on growing women-run enterprises in an effort to promote the end of gender inequality in the…


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