More than half the global population lives on less than R6 a day. This emerged during a special parliamentary training workshop on Wednesday.
The United Nations Development Programme is addressing parliament's women's caucus on the Millennium Development Goals.
South Africa was one of 190 countries to adopt Eight Millennium Development Goals in New York in 2000.
The UN Development Programme is briefing members of parliament on the nature of these goals.
The programme’s Auxilia Ponga says parliament has increased its representation of women to 44 percent and this is a good sign, but more needs to be done for gender equality in communities.
She says South Africa remains a patriarchal society and that needs to be dismantled.
(Edited by Lindiwe Mlandu)