27 November 2017
The African National Congress Women's League (ANCWL) applauds the Motsepe Foundation and leaders of the faith based organisation for organising the interfaith national prayer day held on the 26th November 2017 at FNB Stadium, Gauteng Province.
The interfaith national prayer came a day after the launch of 16 days of activism for No violence against women and children campaign. A campaign to create awareness on the negative impacts of violence on women and children. The interfaith prayer emphasised the end of gender based violence in the country, unity in diversity and called for all to join in a common course of ending inequalities, unemployment and poverty in the country. The ANCWL salutes the Motsepe Foundation and leaders of the faith based organisation on this initiative.
The ANCWL is further humbled by the gesture by the Motsepe Foundation towards the ANCWL. On the sidelines after the prayer session Mr Patrice Motsepe met with the leadership of the ANCWL and committed that the Foundation will donate R4,5million towards the ANCWL. The amount will be allocated to the provincial structures of the ANCWL which are at the coalface of implementation of ANCWL programs in provinces. This pleasant and much appreciated donation will assist the ANCWL to achieve its aims and objectives of which are:
1. To mobilise, organise and unite South African Women to participate in the struggle for the liberation of all oppressed groups;
2. To spearhead the objectives, policies and programmes of the ANCWL and the African National Congress, amongst women in particular, and society in general;
3. To spearhead the emancipation of women within the African National Congress and its structures and at all levels of government and South African Society as a whole;
4. To promote the all-round development of women and help in building their own confidence and to interpret their needs nationally;
5. To promote among and through women and young women in particular, national consciousness, patriotism, unity and a sense of accountability at all levels;
6. To promote women's participation in every sector of public life and to strive for women's participation in every office;
7. To combat discrimination in public and in private life and institutions and to work actively towards the dismantling of the patriarchal system, the elimination of laws, customs, practices and structures which militate against equality and to oppose any strengthening of patriarchy;
8. To campaign for the adoption and implementation of affirmative action programmes to combat the legacy of past gender and race discrimination;
9. To campaign for an end to all forms of violence against women, children and other vulnerable groups;
10. To co-operate with democratic organisations for the promotion of peace and development locally, regionally, nationally and internationally; and
11. To campaign for a culture and recognition of women's rights as human rights.
The ANCWL calls all members of the society to work towards ending inequalities, unemployment and poverty in the country which most of the affected are women and children. South Africans must commit towards 365 days of no violence against women and children.
Peace be unto all!!
ANCWL Secretary General
Cde Toko Xasa
+27 82 652 3131