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Gender discrimination SA's new racism

The Commission for Gender Equality says gender discrimination remains rife in society.

Members of Parliament. Picture: Chantall Presence/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Commission for Gender Equality (CDE) said on Thursday it felt gender discrimination was the new racism of the South Africa.

The commission discussed the high levels of gender-based violence with Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Women, Children and People with Disabilities.

It's also awaiting feedback on its request to speed up the gender equality bill, so that equality for women in the workplace can be formalised.

The commission's Javu Baloyi said discrimination was still rife on the streets and in the workplace.

"The CDE should be taken seriously by the parliamentarians themselves so that people out there in society will begin to take us seriously too."

Baloyi said gender discrimination issues have to be taken more seriously.

"Let us respect one another and our sexual orientation. Let us respect that we have rights so that we are equal in the eyes of the law."

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