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The Role of Rural Women in Economic Transformation, by Deputy Minister of Economic Development Prof. Hlengiwe Mkhize, MP. At National Movement of Rural Women Symposium. Venue: Kliptown Hotel, Soweto. Date: 19 October 2013

The theme of this symposium and its focus on the role of rural women in the transformation project brings the issue of land to centre stage. It is difficult to think of transformation especially transformation through rural development without paying particular attention to the issue of land. 2013 marks 100 years since the promulgation of the Native Land Act of 1913 which saw blacks being forcefully removed to the outskirts of the country away from commercial land of their birth. Women have been caught in this cross fire over decades, leading struggles of gender and racial inequalities in terms of ownership, the context which has been a breeding ground for poverty and food insecurity in patriarchy...

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