Refiloe Seseane Bite
"I mentioned earlier that women in rural areas need autonomy in four key areas: reproductive autonomy, which includes primary healthcare; economic autonomy; intellectual autonomy and technological autonomy.
Reproductive autonomy involves ensuring that women have access to contraception and family planning services so that they can make informed decisions about having children. Women in difficult positions should not be forced to have children if they are not ready.
Economic autonomy means giving women access to markets and employment opportunities so that they can earn a living and start their own businesses when they are ready. Skilled women can generate income for themselves and contribute to their communities.
Intellectual autonomy involves providing skills training and development opportunities so that women can use their minds to pursue their interests and reach their full potential.
Finally, through technological autonomy women in South Africa’s rural, and other remote areas, can take charge of their lives, achieve their goals and reach wider networks of support."