Long way to equal rights: ANCWL

By Drum Digital
21 March 2012

South Africa has a long way to go before it can truly enjoy equal human rights, the ANC Women's League said on Wednesday.

"While we are celebrating the leaps and bounds made in the progression of human rights in our country, we must.... not forget that as a nation we still have a long way to go before we truly all enjoy equal human rights," it said in a statement.

The women's league spoke of the importance of Human Rights Day, saying it was not an easy struggle to attain all the rights that South Africans enjoy.

"It should never be forgotten what many went through as a nation to get to where we are today," it said commemorating the victims of the 1960 Sharpeville massacre in which at least 69 people were killed in demonstrations opposing the pass laws.

The women's league said it would not only celebrate the progressive laws enjoyed by South Africans but also the country's progressive constitution.

However, it highlighted the discrimination and persecution that women still faced daily, despite these benefits.

It further acknowledged the accomplishments of women, which it said should be commended and celebrated.

"We have come a long way in attaining equal rights to men," it said.

"It should be remembered that the fight for true gender equality can only be realised when we have a society that does not carry around a patriarchal mindset."

The ANCWL emphasised that it was not only striving for women's rights but human rights.

"We are of the view that women's rights are human rights."

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