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DENOSA statement on Women’s Day tomorrow: there’s still a long way to gain full emancipation for women   

Media statement 

Thursday, 08 August 2019 

As tomorrow will be Women’s Day in South Africa, the Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) would like to highlight a number of key areas that still constrain many women in the country from achieving full emancipation, and not least of which involves both little employment and leadership opportunities. 

While women took it upon themselves on this day in 1956 when they dared to challenge the then establishment by marching on the streets of Pretoria in 1956 against pass laws, women still fall victims on many levels. In terms of remuneration in the workplace, there still remains a great discrimination against women in wages. Far often, a woman in the same level of employment as a male counterpart, with the same number of years of experience and qualifications, still earns less than her male counterpart. 

When it comes to leadership preference, it is a fact that in many organisations women are still regarded as a second-best to men when it comes to leadership positions; this is the case even at DENOSA, whose membership is dominated overwhelmingly by women. In most cases women get elected to deputize males in many positions. There is still a lack of trust that women can champion the cause of the people. 

In this regard, DENOSA would like to applaud COSATU for breaking the norm at its National Congress in September last year when it, for the first time in its history, elected a woman, cde Zingiswa Losi, as its president. DENOSA hopes this cascades down to many organisations. This is because South African population is female-dominated. 

Furthermore, women still fall victims to gender-based violence, and the pace at which interventions to their suffering are brought about is excruciatingly slow. In November last year, for instance, there was a Gender-Based Violence Summit that was held and where interventions were tabled for urgent implementation. But very few of these have been implemented since then.  

On employment opportunities, provincial departments of health in many provinces have reneged on their part to honour their side of the contract to hire nurses who have completed their year of community service. By far majority of these nurses are women, and departments in provinces such as KwaZulu-Natal and Limpopo have gone to the extent of choosing to let them go and find work on their own in other provinces or in the private sector despite severe shortage of nurses in such provinces. This, too, is a subconscious act of oppressing women because the thinking is that there will not be a big noise about it because most of the victims are women! 

DENOSA calls for a consciousness throughout the country in advancing the cause of fair gender balance in all areas across organisations, the workplace and in the public service. 

DENOSA encourages all nurses in the country to hold hands and emulate the spirit of Mama Albertina Sisulu and challenge the injustices that are directed at nurses in the workplace. 

The Struggle Continues.

Wathinta Abafazi, wathinta imbokodo! 


Issued by the Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA)

For more information, contact:

Thandeka Msibi, DENOSA 2nd Deputy President

Mobile: 082 328 9845 


Kedibone Mdolo, DENOSA Gender Coordinator 

Mobile: 072 585 6847 


Tel: 012 343 2315 

Facebook: DENOSA National Page