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08 August 2013

SA women's lives improving

Most young South Africans believe the lives of women are getting better, according to a new study.

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Most young South Africans believe the lives of women are getting better, according to a study released on Wednesday.

"It was found that almost two in three young South Africans feel the lives of women in SA were improving," said consumer insight company Pondering Panda.

It polled 3 258 people between the ages of 15 and 34 across the country, spokeswoman Shirley Wakefield said in a statement.

They were asked about their opinion on the lives of women and the importance of Women’s Day.

The survey found that 64% of respondents believed that women's lives were improving. About 21% said their lives were getting worse, and 12% believed women's lives were staying the same.

"There were differences of opinion among both race and regional groups."

About 68% of black respondents believed the lives of women were getting better, with 51% of coloureds and 44% of whites sharing this sentiment.

Most of the respondents (73%) believed the lives of women were improving the most in Mpumalanga, followed by the Northern Cape (72%), and KwaZulu-Natal (71%).

Most young people questioned (91%) believed it was important to celebrate Women’s Day.

Wakefield concluded: "If the opinion of young people is anything to go by, the lives of the majority of women in South Africa appear to be getting better."

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