We have a crisis in South Africa when young people are unable to access the job market or any other meaningful economic opportunity. We have a crisis in South Africa when womxn have to choose between economic opportunity, in the form of jobs and promotions, and sexual violations, in the form of being made to perform sexual favours. It is worse when you are both young and poor.
The sixth democratic National Assembly in South Africa opens on 20 June 2019. But the validity of its claim to be a “People’s Assembly” is yet to be affirmed.
Beyond better proportionate gender representation of Members of Parliament and a 50/50 split of ministers, will the People’s Assembly commit itself to more gender mainstreaming and to gender-responsive budgeting that we have not seen in the past five Parliaments?
Will it demonstrate the political will and imagination needed to solve the crisis of youth unemployment and education for its majority youth population?
And, in a context where we are seeing a resurgence of right-wing conservative politics, what does a People’s Assembly mean, and what should its priorities be in the five years ahead? How do we hold its stakeholders accountable, and to what degree, for commitments made in their political manifestos?
Particularly those made to womxn and youth in a country where both of these constituencies are in deep crisis?
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