Limpopo Women’s Month Activities

Limpopo Women’s Month Activities

To the extent that the ANC Limpopo supports all programmes and activities directed at ongoing efforts towards fighting social ills inflicting women while simultaneously celebrating women’s achievements, we invite all members of society alongside our own members to support the Office of The Premier’s Provincial Women’s Day commemoration on Thursday, 09 August 2012 taking place at Modimolle: Ephraim Mogale Stadium, starting at 11am.

We also urge all sectors of society from the inter-faith/religious sector, non-governmental organisations, civil society as well as other political parties to also join the Progressive Women’s Movement (PWM) and ANC Women’s League, led by the Convener of the PWM, Mme Maruthe Maite, on the same day, on their march to present a memorandum on gender-based violence to the Modimolle Magistrate’s Court. Details of the march:

Date: Thursday, 09 August 2012
Time: 08:00 am
Starting Point: Modimolle Local Municipality

Delivery of Memorandum at: Modimolle Magistrate’s Court

Whilst we appreciate strides made in South Africa towards furtherance of the unalienable equal human rights for all and in particular the equalisation of the status of women to participate fully in all aspects of life without prejudice, the ANC Limpopo also recognises the ongoing need for to step up efforts in supporting the ANC Women’s League in the unabated struggle towards protection of same rights. This in order to promote the realisation of a more functional society in which women are relieved from carrying an unjustly larger proportion of societal burdens that plague our society.

It is commonly known that our society’s poorest and most marginalised group remains women and African women especially. They are plagued by violence, rape, unemployment, domestic violence, sexual violence, sexual harassment and other gender-based crimes.

Another event highlighting the plight of women is the inter-faith prayer meeting at Solomondale Village, Ward 32 in the Polokwane sub-region on Saturday, 12 August 2012. This community initiative has been called to raise the plight of women in relation to teenage pregnancies, violence against women and sexual crimes like rape that have become prevalent in that and surrounding villages. The ANCWL Chairperson, Cde. Maruthe Maite will be addressing attendees of this community gathering.

Socio-Economic Empowerment:

The ANC Limpopo also urges the private sector to come to the party with improving demographically appropriate representation of women across various strata of their companies’ structure. So that women are empowered at all management as well as operational levels and are able to benefit from skills and training programmes. The ANC urges companies to resist the temptation of undermining women in business by placing them in top positions for window dressing.

Other political parties are also urged to follow the lead of the ANC by ensuring that they improve on gender parity when allocating Legislature seats as well other public office/government positions in order to empower women.

Conclusion

Moreover, the ANC leadership of the province encourages society to rally behind the noble agenda for the betterment of lives of women as equal citizens of South African society.

We call on all women to join us in making this Women’s month practically meaningful by taking advantage of all opportunities for self-development offered by the ANC government.

Women are capable and have proven to work with commitment; we salute them and appreciate their ongoing sacrifice to their families, communities, country and fellow-citizens.

Issued By: African National Congress Limpopo
Communications and Media Office
Contact: Provincial Spokesperson, Cde. Makonde Mathivha
Mobile: 083 457 2268
Enquiries: Mandisa Mashego
Cell: 083 856 8583

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