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Dear men, no you are not entitled ...

By Faeza
20 January 2016

The President of the ANC Women's League, Bathabile Dlamini, has written an open letter to all male leadership figures in politics, business and civil society decrying “the persistent and stubborn issue of patriarchy; power and the continuing oppression of women in all spheres of our society.”

Dear Men

In an era when open letters are becoming fashionable advocacy tools for people to make their voices heard, I thought that I, as President of the ANC Women’s League (ANCWL) should pick up the baton and deal with the persistent and stubborn issue of patriarchy; power and the continuing oppression of women in all spheres of our society.

This letter was prompted by the fact that almost 60 years since the Women's March to the Union Buildings in 1956; notwithstanding progressive legislation we have promulgated since 1994; numerous campaigns of No Violence against women including the 16 Days pilgrimage of no violence against women from November till December annually; levels of violence against women persist in all sectors of society.

iol has the rest of the letter.