Women must use their power - Dlamini-Zuma

2012-08-04 22:42

Bloemfontein - The African Union should not only bring governments and parliamentarians together, newly appointed African Union Commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said on Saturday.

"It has to bring together African citizens to be part of the driving forceā€¦ it has to be driven by its own citizens," said Dlamini-Zuma, who was also South Africa's home affairs minister.

She said Africans must become the change they want to see on the continent.

"We must as women in South Africa in particular, and women of Africa in general, embrace the African Union Decade of Women, declared as such by African Heads of State and Government in 2010."

Dlamini-Zuma asked hundreds of ANC Women's League members what they expected the Women's Decade.

"It must be our responsibility to define and implement the changes we want to see," she told the women gathered in Bloemfontein to hear a lecture on ANC stalwart, Charlotte Maxeke.

Dlamini-Zuma addressed the gathering before President Jacob Zuma delivered the lecture.

She said African women have the power in terms of numbers.

"If the continent's population was one billion, it means just over half a billion are women."

She said women have the power to influence many issues in the continent.

  • Squeegee - 2012-08-04 22:55

    Why use so many words to say absolutely nothing?

      TSR01 - 2012-08-05 02:33

      I agree with the headline though; "Women must use their power" - to vote for a better government. Useless ANC is useless. :)

      Walter - 2012-08-05 06:20

      If she used her nut, instead of talking about Africa having a billion people, she should "preach" the necessity for birth control in Africa in order to prevent unwanted children in poverty. BUT, wait a minute, wasn't she the Minister of Health who denied AIDS preventative medicines.... maybe that's her prescription for birth control?

      oscar.vanriel - 2012-08-05 06:56

      Squeegee, so true. It is becoming clearer by the day that the average African is actually good for nothing in terms of Western standards and this African sickness of talk without action only emphasises the fact.

      J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-08-05 07:49

      A brilliant woman who, if younger than her present 63, might be State President. Her medical studies here and in England qualified her as Minister of Health, but she was moved from that post by Mbeki as soon as he succeeded Mandela. Incidentally, ex-wife of the President.

      Squeegee - 2012-08-05 07:50

      Oscar, that's racist nonsense. I have a problem with this individual and her ilk, not an entire people group.

      oscar.vanriel - 2012-08-05 08:11

      Sqeegee, "the individual and her ilk" as you call them, is the average of the group. If it sounds racist to you, just get over it.

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-08-05 13:19

      She was the one that wrecked the health services in SA by looking at the cuban model and promptly inviting cuban doctors to run the facilities here. The results are obvious.

  • nicholas.graan - 2012-08-04 23:08

    Is this position now just going to be used to beat the "Power to the woman" drum?

      oscar.vanriel - 2012-08-05 07:07

      They can use the position for what ever they like, because the AU is the most useless institution or body on the continent.

  • lala.kunene - 2012-08-04 23:33

    True. African women do have the power in terms of numbers. And everyone can see it

  • grant.montgomery.5074 - 2012-08-04 23:40

    Why not focus on some of the real issues that affect African women such as teenage pregnancies which prevent a girl from completing her education, and the system of trading women for cattle? What are the views of the AU leader (ex wife of our beloved president) of a man having many wives?

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-08-05 12:01

      The many wives are probably why she divorced the SOB.

  • tw2066 - 2012-08-05 05:30

    Big issues being crime, service delivery, books, tolls, water shortages, corruption, nationalisation and low FDI, and old 40W light bulb is worried about the Continental Seeestaaas ?? Hls'Truth.

      oscar.vanriel - 2012-08-05 07:24

      African leaders become god like beings in their own minds almost like getting super human powers. They think when they say something it will magically happen. For example, free education for all, free water and electricity, free housing, food for all etc. The sad thing is that the average African actually believes that these god like beings have their interests at heart.

  • CORNHOLIO - 2012-08-05 09:25

    dont you hate it when police say that stopping crime is YOUR responsibilty dont you hate it when the government says that leading the country is YOUR responsibilty now WOMEN must use their power. what the hell are they expected to do in our patriarchal society? burn the food? KLAP withhold sex? KLAP be a lesbian? KLAPPITY KLAP KLAP

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