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Statement on the launch of the Progressive Women`s Movement

Statement on the launch of the Progressive Women`s Movement

4 August 2006

The African National Congress extends its best wishes to the Progressive Women's Movement of South Africa (PWMSA) on the occasion of its launching conference, being held in Bloemfontein from 5-7 August 2006.

The launch of the PWMSA is a bold step by South African women towards true emancipation of the women of our country, the continent and the world.

This development reaffirms our conviction that South African society shall one day be truly non-sexist, non-racial, united, democratic and prosperous. The ANC has full confidence in the leadership capacity of the women of our country, and has therefore been at the forefront of efforts to break down the barriers to the equal participation of women in all spheres of our national life.

The ANC is committed to working together with the PWMSA towards the realisation of the dream of cohesive, stable, peaceful and truly African society in which all people shall govern and enjoy equal rights and dignity.

We expect the PWMSA launching conference to bring together women from across the country into a movement that unites a broad cross-section of organisations and individuals.

We extend a sincere word of gratitude to the Steering Committee that has ensured that the forthcoming conference and other resolutions of the 8 March 2006 formation meeting of the PWMSA are realised.

The launch of the women's movement is a distinctive realisation of the dream of the heroic women who participated in the 9 August 1956 women's march to the Union Buildings.

We know that a nation cannot be free unless its women are free.

The ANC is therefore in full support of this progressive initiative by the women of our country knowing that the achievements of this movement will only serve to further the progress of society as a whole.

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