During the National Women's Day celebration in South Africa on August 9, women protested violence and inequalities against women. Women held demonstrations to denounce the violence in their country, which last year had the highest number of reported rapes in the world. Winnie Mandela, President of the African National Congress Women's League encouraged women to end their silence and identify violent criminals. Protestors also highlighted sex discrimination in employment. Recent finance ministry publications proved that their concerns are relevant; only 53% of white women and 36% of black women make as much as 82% of white males in the country.
Media Resources: Agence France-Presse - August 9, 1997