25 January 2018
The African National Congress Women's League (ANCWL) wishes Cde Sophie de Bruyn (Aunty Sophie) a happy 80th birthday.
Aunty Sophie is one of the founder members of the founder members of the South African Congress of Trade Union (SACTU),which is the predecessor of the Congress of South African Trade Union (COSATU). At the age of 18 ( in 1956), she led the march of 20000 women on the Union Buildings along with Lilian Ngoyi, Rahima Moosa, Helen Joseph, Albertina Sisulu and Bertha Gxowa to protest the requirement for women to carry pass books.
A selfless dedicated member of the African National Congress (ANC) who is very passionate on education and gender equality, whilst in exile she served as one of the founder members of the ANC education council formed in 1980. The council set the curriculum for the Solomon Mahlangu Freedom College which was established by the exiled ANC in Mazimbu, Tanzania. Before joining the Gauteng Legislature in 2004 and becoming its deputy speaker from 2005, she was a member of the Commission of Gender Equality a chapter 9 institution mandated to promote and protect gender equality in South Africa.
The ANCWL calls all young women in the country to take a leaf from Aunty Sophie and at an early age participate in the struggle against gender oppression. The ANCWL has established young women's desk and all young women are encouraged to join.
Happy birthday Aunty Sophie!!
ANCWL Secretary General
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