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Radebe signs for women's rights

2012-02-17 18:51

Johannesburg - A memorandum demanding renewed commitment to women's rights was signed by Justice Minister Jeff Radebe outside the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg on Friday.

The signing of the agreement of understanding was the climax of an ANC Women's League march demanding an end to sexual harassment of women in public places.

The ANCWL decided to hold the march after two young women were chased by a group of men who groped and shouted at them because of their clothing - one wore a miniskirt and the other had her bra strap showing.

Radebe said those who told women what to wear were not freedom fighters.

"The struggle for freedom has always been the struggle for human rights, the struggle for women's empowerment."

He said he came out in support "because I like miniskirts", amid laughter and loud applause from the crowd.

The miniskirt march began at Bree Street taxi rank at about 13:30 under the watchful gaze of a heavy police contingent.

Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane, Minister of Women Lulu Xingwana and one of the Noord Street victims led the march.

Xingwana wore a skirt, but it was not a mini.

Speaking outside the High Court, Xingwana threatened that the Noord Street taxi rank would be closed if the situation did not improve.

"Real men don't rape women, real men love and respect women," she said.

The women's league was joined by Cosatu and Women and Men Against Child Abuse for the march.

The Commission for Gender Equality also pledged support for the sexual harassment awareness event.

Women and several men wore miniskirts for the march.

Marchers sang and danced, waving ANC flags and banners, such as "I am proud of my miniskirt".

Comments
  • Wendy - 2012-02-17 19:15

    "Real men don't rape women, real men love and respect women," And real women don't advertise what isn't available!

      mario.dippenaar - 2012-02-17 20:45

      Real women don't say "No" Ok, ok, it was only a joke. Sheesh, lighten up.

  • Shirley - 2012-02-17 19:21

    Makes me nervous when a minister supports womans rights because he likes mini skirts!

  • John - 2012-02-17 19:31

    Thank You! Some real words eventualy...WOMAN RIGHTS Not liberation not anything else. WOMAN RIGHTS..... I hope that doesn't diferentiate skin color about: WOMAN RIGHTS

  • Kusleg - 2012-02-17 20:01

    All women are free to put on their shortest minis during winter and show off their boobs during that period as well......I personally think people should just dress decent and not two sizes below their actual size.

  • Mandu Ngcobo - 2012-02-17 20:32

    Good, but some forms of clothing are just inappropriate and bordering on indecent exposure. Miniskirts are fine but i hope this is not a license for women to start walking around half naked.

  • Mandu Ngcobo - 2012-02-17 20:32

    Good, but some forms of clothing are just inappropriate and bordering on indecent exposure. Miniskirts are fine but i hope this is not a license for women to start walking around half naked.

  • Pertunia - 2012-02-17 20:35

    wendy you are a twit!, just because something is "advertised" doesnt mean its up for grabs, excuse the pun, these are not women we talking about but teenagers. I dont know know about you, but every young normal young women goes through a phase where skimpy clothes, whether its skirts or stomach out or push up bras are a must have, same with guys, nowadays young men also wear skinny jeans and nipple showing tank tops and no one harrases them. my point, people should mind their own business, if you choose to be a curtain wearing woman covered from head to toe thats your business same shud apply to women who are comfortable in their own skin.

  • phathuchicos - 2012-02-17 20:44

    OMG...does Zuma knows anything about this miniskirt carnivale?

      John - 2012-02-17 21:24

      We hope not...lol I like this comment

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