Joburg EMS & JMPD female staff calls for equal rights

The women say they are being harassed and overlooked for top management positions because of their gender.

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JOHANNESBURG - Women employed by Johannesburg Emergency Management Services (EMS) and the Metro Police Department are marching to the JMPD headquarters in Martindale to hand over a memorandum to management asking for equal rights in the workplace.

The women say they are being harassed and overlooked for top management positions because of their gender.

The women gathered in Johannesburg are holding up placards reading; “Real men are feminists” and “Our bodies, our minds, our power”.

Dudu Tshabalala is a superintendent at the JMPD.

She says women should not be treated differently.

“We want to see our department with a deputy director, chief of police, [we seek] equal job opportunities for women.”

Top management in the JMPD is expected to receive a list of grievances from the marchers and will stipulate when they can respond to their concerns.

EQUAL RECOGNITION IN MALE-DOMINATED SPACE

Top officials at the JMPD and EMS have received a memorandum outlining the plight of female firefighters, metro officers and emergency workers, who are calling for equal recognition in the male-dominated space.

Earlier in August, women in these emergency and law enforcement sectors told Eyewitness News how they had to work twice as hard to receive the same recognition as their male counterparts.

Women on horseback, some riding JMPD bikes and another behind the steering wheel of a fire truck arrived at the JMPD headquarters after leading an all-female team, dressed in uniform, through the streets of Johannesburg for seven kilometres.

JMPD chief David Tembe is among those who received the memorandum from the women who are demanding equality in the workplace.

“It’s true that in management at the JMPD and EMS there are no women.”

The women have given management 30 days to respond to their memorandum.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)