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Zuma releases first report on status of women in SA

President Jacob Zuma says the country has made great strides to include women in the country's development.

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma has released the first report on the status of women in South Africa's economy at the national Women's Day celebration in the Free State.

Zuma says the country has made great strides to include women in the country's development but says there's still a lot of room for improvement.

Thousands of women have gathered at the Harry Gwala Stadium in Sasolburg this afternoon with the theme 'United In Moving South Africa Forward.'

The president says women must be supported in all sectors of the economy.

"The report identifies some of the areas where society has brought successful and enabling women's full participation in the economy."

He has also raised concerns over the level of unemployment in the country.

"The triple challenge of poverty, unemployment and inequality bring remain a stark reality and women are most affected."

Many events were held around the country today to honour women.

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema is expected to address crowds at a Women's Day celebration in Mpumalanga.

Meanwhile, Minister of Water and Sanitation Nomvula Mokonyane will be at the Methodist Church in KwaLanga.