Editorial
1 minute read
25 Feb 2021
6:03 am

There’s a real need to recognise women’s worth

Editorial

It is doubtful that such a code could be implemented in South Africa, which has one of the most patriarchal societies in the world

Domestic workers are the breadwinners for many families, yet currently face massive challenges. Picture: iStock

There are billions of men – and women, too – who believe a woman’s place is in the home…preferably barefoot, pregnant and in the kitchen. A woman’s (whether wife or cohabiting partner) duties in cleaning, preparing food and raising children are seldom regarded in the same way as other work which justifies the payment of a salary. So, we think it’s no bad thing that a Chinese court has ordered a man to pay his ex-wife almost $8,000 (about R116,500) for years of unpaid housework. The ruling, in a landmark divorce case, has, not surprisingly, sparked furious debate in China....