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Zuma highlights need for more economic opportunities for women

Zuma says while the lives of women have improved since the iconic 1956 march, more needs to be done.

An ANC supporter sings ahead of President Jacob Zuma's election campaign address in Thembelihle, south of Johannesburg on 30 June 2016. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma says South Africa needs to increase its transformation efforts in order to improve the lives of women.

Zuma gave an address at the official Women's Day celebrations in Pretoria yesterday.

He says while the lives of women have improved since the iconic march, more needs to be done.

Zuma says under the unjust apartheid system, black women suffered triple oppression

"In terms of race, gender, class and other disadvantaging factors."

He says since 1956, when more than 20,000 women marched for the rights of oppressed South Africans, circumstances have improved.

"In areas such as legal status, attitudes, women's involvement in decision making."

But Zuma has noted the need to do more to open up the country's economy to women.