It is going to take a lot of effort and hard work to redress the situation.

The failure to pass the two-thirds gender rule to guarantee women a fair share of public appointments is part of the challenge.

This law would have ensured that not more than two-thirds of the members of all elective public bodies shall be of the same gender.

This would redress the ubiquitous bias.

A system that shuts out or denigrates the contributions of the majority of the population, just over 50 per cent, can never be just.

The struggle for women’s rights must be stepped up to realise what is also constitutional.

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