Youth must take up the fight - 1956 women's march veteran

2016-08-09 16:42
A statue of Sophia Williams-Du Bruyn in Pretoria’s Lilian Ngoyi Square. (Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

A statue of Sophia Williams-Du Bruyn in Pretoria’s Lilian Ngoyi Square. (Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

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Pretoria - One of the women who led the 1956 march to the Union Buildings, Sophia Williams-De Bruyn, says it is time the youth of the country took the baton and continued the fight they started.

"The march of 1956 to the Union Buildings by 20 000 women was not only against the extension of carrying of passes to the African women," she told thousands gathered at the Union Buildings for Women’s Day Celebrations.

It was, "also about the challenges and the oppressive system that sought to deepen the inequalities in terms of race and gender which resulted in the current triple challenges of poverty, unemployment and inequality that burdens women the most and which our government is still grappling with".  

"It's time for the youth to take the baton which we have already handed over to them to fight the ills and the injustices in our country right now which include the increase in the abuse of women, violence against women and children and the wage gap."

Williams-De Bruyn said the inequalities of poverty and the increasing gap between the rich and the poor should be tackled head on to ensure that the country gets to where many people would like to see it.

"It should not take us so many years to transform and achieve true liberation in the country that we want," she said.

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