Saturday, August 27, 2011
Gender South Africa, " walking a few paces behind": case against affirmative action
Well, you would think that all those impressive statistics(44%,40%...) would mean something- you know, like, better gender relations. The explanation for the contrary scenario lies in the fact that freebies don't always have the desired effect of galvanizing action. Ladies in South Africa have not sweated for those seats, so to speak. There is no way you can convince a daughter that hard work pays, while freebies abound.
That's why I have a problem with the 2/3 rule debate in Kenya. It will just put a "ceiling" on the much ladies can achieve while they can achieve much more than a third!
Affirmative action doesn't,exactly, necessarily improve the women conditions. I would be okay with the push for 50-50 rule for nominative positions but NOT elective positions. In elective positions,voters (men and women) have equal rights coupled with equal numbers! If I can vote for a man then a lady can vote for a woman, and I don't think it would hurt her!
check out "Ladies- change -the- world movement" for the way forward.