Women still fighting for equality: Zille

By Drum Digital
09 August 2013

Women in South Africa are still fighting for gender equality and justice, Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille said on Friday.

"This generation of women is still fighting for gender equality and justice," she said in a speech prepared for delivery.

"They are fighting because they know that freedom cannot be deferred."

Zille was speaking at the DA's Women's Day rally in Ekurhuleni.

She said the women who took part in a march against apartheid's pass laws on August 9, 1913 were of every colour, political creed, way of life, and corner of South Africa.

"They rejected apartheid by affirming that much more unites the South African people than divides the country."

The rally also marked the re-launch of the DA's Women's Network (Dawn).

Zille said the party needed to remain committed to the emancipation of women across South Africa.

"We need to ensure that women in leadership don't forget about the daily struggles of women on the ground."

"Dawn is a network of DA women that helps us to connect easier and faster.

"Together, we will take forward the fight started by Helen Joseph and Lilian Ngoyi on this day over half a century ago," she said.

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