How do women cope with work, studies, and family responsibilities?

By sylviahammond, 5 August, 2012

2012 Women's Month was launched this weekend by Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma at the University of the Freed State. The Home Affairs Minister who has succeeded at home in improving the performance of her department, recently won election to the position of Chairperson of the African Union Commission.  She is therefore well-qualified to speak about the barriers to women achieving success and economic security.

Women are well represented in Parliament and Cabinet; but still lag behind men in senior positions within the economy.  In 2010, the African Union declared this the Decade of Women, and the Pan African Women’s Organisation (PAWO) celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

But do these initiatives and organisations really make any difference to the lives of ordinary women?  What are the challenges that women face in balancing work, studies and family responsibilities and what are the barriers to advancement at the workplace and achieving economic independence?

In honour of Women's Day and Women's month, what are your examples of women you admire?  And how do you cope with the challenges of work, studies and home life? 

(Contributions from male members about the women in your life are equally welcome.)


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