New gender equality bill rejected

Groups say the Women's Empowerment and Gender Equity Bill's provisions are too broad & vague.

FILE: Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Women, Children and People with Disabilities held public hearings on the draft law. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Rights organisations on Thursday rejected a draft law aimed at boosting women's rights.

Groups say the Women's Empowerment and Gender Equity Bill's provisions are too broad and vague.

Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Women, Children and People with Disabilities held public hearings on the draft law in Cape Town on Thursday.

Critics of the bill say existing legislation aimed at helping women are already not being implemented properly.

Gun Free SA's Adele Kirsten called on the committee to rather strengthen existing legislation to protect women.

She says the Domestic Violence Act is one example of a law that is not being properly enforced.