ANC Women's Caucus statement on Women's Day 2021
09 August 2021 marks the 65th anniversary of the great women's march of 1956, on that day Women of our country decided to confront the racist apartheid regime by marching to the Union Buildings to protest against the carrying of pass books.
Women have always waged a two pronged battle against racial and gender discrimination, the struggle against apartheid was also the struggle against the exclusion of women from political and economic power.
Our country has made strides in enacting progressive laws against gender discrimination, however women continue to bear the brunt of unemployment, inequality and poverty.
Women continue to experience gender based violence and femicide, women continue to be the face of poverty and economic exclusion. Covid-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc in the lives of women who constitute a large number of essential workers.
Today we salute all heroic women who continue to make the lives of South Africans better. We have lost so much yet we continue to give so much. We remember and pay tribute to all our departed women, we remember Cdes Joyce Pekane, Nokuthula Sikhakhane, Jacqui Mofokeng, and Lindi Lasindwa.
We salute all the women of substance who continue to champion the interests of women. We remain committed to the struggle for total emancipation of women from the bandages of poverty,unemployment and inequality, we will continue to fight side by side against femicide and gender based violence because we are our sisters' keepers.
We urge everyone to continue protecting ourselves against Covid-19, let us continue wearing our masks, sanitize our hands and maintain social distancing.
We also call upon all South Africans to vaccinate against Covid-19. We are a nation of resilience, we have confronted many challenges before and triumphed. We will defeat Covid-19.
Issued by Chairperson of ANC Women's Caucus in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature, Deputy Chief Whip Cde Thokozile Magagula.
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