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Empoweing women in government in South Africa as a tool towards achieving social development goals

Author: Letsebe, M.A.
Author Background:
Date 1/1/98
Type Journal
Journal Title: Social-Work.
Volume/Pages 34(1): 1-10.
Subject Matter Women
Abstract This paper emanates from the author s experiences in working with women at all levels of government under the auspices of the Women s Development Foundation. It expores the feasibility of social work involvement in empowering women in government through collaborative work with women s structures, using training as a tool towards achieving development goals. It makes the connection between social work practice, the development needs of women in civil society and those of women in government. The potential contribution of social workers is needing these needs and thereby contributing to the achievement of social development goals is briefly outlined. The paper is premised on the view held in social welfare of the importance of the relationship between welfare leadership and government bureaucracy in influencing their decisions for the achievement of social welfare and development goals. The paper is conceptualised from a gender, development and empowerment perspective. The concept of women in government is loosely used to refer to women in elective politics across all levels of government.