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Women empowerment bill adopted

The proposed law will now go before the National Assembly before being sent to the president.

FILE: The Women Empowerment and Gender Equality Bill will now go to the National Assembly. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A bill which requires "designated private and public bodies" to employ more women is now a step closer to becoming law.

Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Women, Children and People with Disabilities adopted the Women Empowerment and Gender Equality Bill in Cape Town on Wednesday.

The proposed law aims to address gender imbalances in decision making positions and structures.

Committee chairperson Dorothy Ramodibe says there has not been proper implementation of existing legislation.

"We have had many pieces of legislations which were intended to address issues that affect women. There has not been enough implementation [in the past] because there was no sort of enforcement."

The bill will now go to the National Assembly for adoption, before being sent to President Jacob Zuma to sign into law.

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