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Statement on the 2017 women`s month

Statement on the 2017 women`s month

01 August 2017

The African National Congresses Women`s League (ANCWL) extends warm wishes to all women in South Africa. The ANC government declared August to be the national women`s month and the 9th of August is the annual observance , marking the Women`s Day. The womens day is aimed at paying tribute to more than 20 000 women who marched to the Union Buildings against the extension of Pass Laws on the 9th of August 1956.

The women of South Africa have throughout the history of our struggle been part of the national liberation struggle in South Africa. The women of South Africa- Africans in particular have for decades suffered under the triple oppression of race, class and gender under the apartheid system. The forebears of our struggle stood side by side and fought for the emancipation of women. They have demonstrated that unity of purpose is key when advancing the revolution. Our generation must not fail to unite and continue with the fight for total emancipation of women.

One of the major hindrances of building a united, non-sexist and a prosperous South Africa is patriarchy. Patriachy continues to inferiorize women and portrays men as superior beings. If society needs to win the war against women abuse, patriarchy must be eliminated. The ANCWL pleads with all South Africans to join hands and fight patriarchy and advance political and economic freedom of South African women. All members of the society must be ambassadors of struggle against women and child abuse.

The women 1956 as forebears of our struggle and other sung and unsung heroines set a standard for us to emulate. Working together with all members of society irrespective of race, gender and class, the ANCWL shall continue to recognise and address the different struggles of women which stem from race, class, ethnicity, religion and geographical location in pursuit of uniting all South African women.

To all South Africans let`s unite and fight for total emancipation of women in South Africa. The ANCWL supporters, members and society in general must stand side by side and ensure that laws, regulations and practices at all levels of government, be it national, regional and local spheres are consistent with the aspirations of a united, democratic ,non-sexist and a non-racial South Africa.

A task is to build a better South Africa which is more inclusive and gender equal is for all of us. Happy women`s month!!!

Issued by
Meokgo Matuba
ANCWL Secretary General

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