Women’s day is of great importance: S.African youth - CNBC Africa

Women’s day is of great importance: S.African youth

Southern Africa

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“What we have seen is that when we asked young South Africans questions on whether they felt that women’s day was still important to celebrate, the answer was absolutely,” Shirley Whakefield, spokesman for consumer insights company, Pondering Panda, told CNBC Africa on Wednesday.

The survey was conducted with respondents between the ages of 15 and 34 over a period of 5 days across South Africa.

Its findings also showed that 64 per cent of young South Africans believed that the quality of life is improving for women while 21 per cent believed that conditions for women are getting worse and 12 per cent said there has been no change.

According to Whakefield, the majority of black South Africans believed that conditions for women were improving while the majority of white South Africans were more pessimistic about the topic.  

“There were significant differences across colour groups. Young black South Africans were more likely to say that felt things were improving for women in the country when compared to coloureds and white South Africans,” she added.

This means that 1 in 3 people do believe that conditions are either getting worse for women or they are staying the same so that means there is still room for improvement,” said Whakefield.

There were however differences in opinion across each province, where the lives of women seem to be progressing the most in Mpumalanga at 73 per cent, the Northern Cape at 72 per cent, Kwa- Zulu Natal at 71 per cent and the least in the Eastern Cape at 51 per cent as well as the Western Cape at 53 per cent.

Another interesting finding from the study revealed that over 80 per cent of young South Africans claimed to know and understand the origin of women’s day and that they were planning on celebrating this day with the women in their lives.