Augment of gender equity through IDP processes: a strategy of service delivery in a democratic South Africa

20 Nov 2017

The paper argues that despite 22 years into democracy in South Africa, gender discrimination is still prevalent in the formulation of developmental plans. Gender discrimination in the formulation of Integrated Development Plan (IDP) is an inevitable, and requires rigorous transformation. Although, South Africa has transcended from a racial system of governing to a more democratic inception of policies, there are still loopholes in the participation women towards the formulation of the IDP. Gender equity in South Africa is an inexplicit concept, principle, and a legally binding policy which is the result of the inception of democracy. In spite of some of the superficial differences on human race inter alia skin colour and the locus of control aspects (culture, religion and tradition) which dictates the formulation of developmental plans, majority of women remain inconsequential. The paper posits that a relative majority of women are still disregarded in the formulation of developmental plans, even though they can actually bring on board ideas which can lead to society transformation and they should be allowed to participate in such activities. Equal participation of women and men can lead to greater societal progress and can amount rubbing-off of skills from both genders. Therefore, the paper concludes that lack of rigorous and efficient monitoring mechanisms in ensuring the participation women predominantly in rural areas has resulted in gender discrimination and marginalisation of other groups due to superficial societal differences which in terms of the paper is in terms of their gender.