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The role of social security in respecting and protecting the dignity of lone mothers in South Africa: Summary of findings and recommendations

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Policy briefs
Author :
Wright, G
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This study explored lone mothers’ experiences of social security in South Africa in terms of whether it protects and respects their dignity. Interviews were undertaken with almost two hundred low income lone mothers and the impact on dignity was examined. Interviews were also held with senior policy makers in government, and social attitudes were explored more broadly in relation to dignity, poverty and social security using data from the South African Social Attitudes Survey.