Motshekga: SA needs strong women leaders

2013-04-13 20:00
MinistAngie Motshekga. Picture: Sapa

MinistAngie Motshekga. Picture: Sapa

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Johannesburg - South Africa needs strong women leaders to voice the drive for gender equality and matters affecting women, African National Congress Women's League (ANCWL) leader Angie Motshekga said on Saturday.

"This is important for the sake of the women of the province and country who need a strong representative, driven by unity in struggle, to champion the cause for gender equality and women's emancipation," she said.

"Setting the gender agenda South Africa requires a strong women's voice to influence agenda setting on matters affecting women in particular. Nothing about us without us as women."

Motshekga said despite the work done to transform the lives of women, much needed to be done to sustain the "strategic positioning" of gender and women's issues for economic transformation and development.

She was speaking in Rustenburg ahead of the ANCWL in the North West conference to elect a new provincial elective committee.

The provincial conference was important for fulfilling democratic processes within the national organisation, she said.

Motshekga highlighted the problems in the North West, referring to the mining sector.

"The Marikana tragedy, where we lost 44 people, continues to make headlines. These developments make stronger the case for a speedy transformation of the sector and our economy as a whole," she said.

"It is women who lost breadwinners and children, thus the need as women to play a role in finding a lasting solution to the conditions that trigger such unfortunate events."

On August 16, last year, 34 striking mineworkers were killed when the police opened fire on them. Ten others, including two policemen and two mine security guards, were killed prior to August 16.

Motshekga said the women in the North West were better placed to analyse carefully and respond to issues in the province.

"You are better placed to understand and thus tackle challenges within our structure.

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