Foreign Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has called for
greater equality between men and women, and said women should be
vigilant about gains made so far.
"How many of us can truly say we are bringing up our boys and
girls to fit into a non-sexist society?" she asked women
ambassadors gathered at a seminar in Sandton, Johannesburg.
"A lot of us bring up our boys as little princes and our girls
as little Cinderellas who must wait on the little princes. Then we
realise something is wrong, they should be equal."
She said the type of education boys and girls received
entrenched gender inequalities.
Dlamini-Zuma said a good place to start was with young girls
who, when asked, were adamant that their daughters would not be
The minister said that within the African National Congress,
those who resisted change the most were in the middle layers of the
She said that when the rule that 30 percent of the national
executive committee members must be women must be applied, men in
the middle layers wondered whether they were going to be displaced,
and resisted change.