Afterthe group has achieved victories such as the creation of a ministry for women, but the political landscape remains one dominated by men. Sometimes you just mind your own business. Lilly, 32, has been working as a prostitute in Johannesburg for six years.
The women's league of the governing African National Congress party hopes so and it has claimed a victory which takes the country one step further towards legal soliciting, writes the BBC's Kate Forbes in Johannesburg. The principle of decriminalisation was adopted at the recent ANC's policy conference, which sets it on track for approval when the party meets again to decide national policy in December.
She puts her coffee cup down gently to avoid drawing attention, as she explains to me in las vegas nevada escort low voice what life is like as a prostitute on the city's very mean streets.
A friend of Lilly's, Sarah, also a prostitute, says that she thinks twice before reporting underage or trafficked women to the police. Before the first free elections inbaldwin city ks milf personals ANCWL was told that it should not be sokth for women's rights but focus on the national liberation struggle instead.
You have no rights. However, an even bigger union grouping, Cosatu, has lent its support to the women's mistress alexis kim on this issue, and so the months leading up to December will see fierce debate on whether prostitution will eventually become decriminalised.
South Africa is traditionally Christian and conservative, and so the argument over supply and demand of sex workers is eros escorts in chicago to the debate here, as are concerns over the trafficking of women. Women earn less, have fewer opportunities and xfrican high levels of rape and assault.
Hlengiwe Mkhize, the group's treasurer and South Africa's deputy minister of economic development, laughs when asked if this is a new direction for the women's league. For a nation reborn on the principle of equality, South Africa has found it difficult to make that equality a reality for women. A conservative society and unsympathetic police force leave women and men in the sex industry with few rights when things go wrong.
Change for women like Lilly is on the horizon, although it may not be soon. Unexpected move?