3 August 2018
The year 2018 marks the centenary of our forebears uMama Albertina Sisulu and also the formation of the Bantu Women's League. Mama Sisulu and many women in South Africa have always been in the forefront of the struggle for freedom but to due entrenched patriarchy and male chauvinism, their participation has received insufficient publicity compared to their male counterparts.
The African National Congress Women's League (ANCWL) as the intergral part of the African National Congress (ANC) played a significant role to secure a gender-inclusive democracy and to create new institutions to measure such inclusivity. We will continue to mobilise all sectors of society to unite and work actively towards the dismantling of the patriarchal system, elimination of laws, customs, practices and structures which militate against gender equality.
Amongst many of our achievements post 1994, we lobbied the ANC to establish a Ministry in the Presidency responsible for women.The Ministry focuses on campaigns, interventions and programmes aimed at addressing gender equality and women's empowerment. Their programs consist social empowerment and transformation, economic empowerment and participation, governance transformation, justice and security. The Ministry working together with all progressive forces that supports an end to gender inequalities, must accelerate socio- economic transformation for women empowerment and the advancement of gender equality both in public and private sector.
South Africans must unite more than ever before to address issues facing women and girls which amongst others includes femicides, economic exclusion, gender based violences, access to land, child marriages, employment equity, access to health and education etc. The ANCWL calls all formations that are for gender equal society to actively participate in government's programs led by the Ministry in the Presidency responsible for women.
It is vital for South Africans to intensify the fight against gender inequalities. There is high level of gender inequalities in South Africa and working with ANC led government through the Ministry in the Presidency responsible for women, there must be many voices but one message which says - _We want gender oppression free society now!!
ANCWL Secretary General
Cde Toko Xasa
+27 82 652 3131