Olympic achievements encourage women struggle for equality

Olympic achievements encourage women struggle for equality

15 August 2012

We join the Semenya family, the residents of Limpopo and the broader South African community in celebrating the outstanding performance by our own Caster. We are grateful to those whose messages of support spurred her on even before the official start of the London Olympics. These messages came from many parts of our country and people of different backgrounds. This reinforces the notion that sport, in a liberated society, has an overwhelming uniting effect.

We celebrate and congratulate all achievements by all the South African Olympians of 2012.

This uniting feeling engendered by the Olympics has fostered a patriotic spirit among South Africans which must be channelled towards creating an environment committed to eradicating the social ills confronting our country. The pace to defeat poverty, inequality, crime of all forms and unemployment can be hastened by harnessed efforts of patriotism.

The South African Olympic team represented us well; teaching us a valuable lesson in overcoming challenges for success.

During August we acknowledge, with heightened awareness women struggles and milestones attained in the battle against sexism, violence and abuse. Caster`s silver medal ought to stand as a symbol propelling us to our collective societal struggle for true equality and appreciation of the contribution of women as equal citizens.

We urge all democrats and patriots to unite promote and participate in our historic and continuing mission to fight gender stereotypes, cultural practices that prejudice women and the generally patriarchal character of society.

Ends.

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
Website: www.anc.org.za/limpopo
Facebook: ANC Limpopo Province

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