What the NGC means for ANCWL

2010-09-18 13:46

Incorporate gender in transformation

The national general council (NGC) creates a space for members of the ANC to reflect on progress made after the ­organisation’s elective conference.

The ANC Women’s League (ANCWL) wants to ­decisively table the struggle for gender ­equality and women empowerment within the broader struggle for transformation.

The league consulted widely through ­holding a consultative indaba with women from the alliance and all other sectors of ­society, including business professionals, ­rural ­inhabitants and those from the ­non-governmental sector.

The ANCWL will raise the issue of women in hunger as the majority of women in rural areas – and other high-risk areas of society – still have no access to basic education, ­information technology, quality healthcare, developmental finance as well as other ­ingredients to acquire self-sufficiency.

The league also presents land ownership – for agricultural use – as a key area to push the frontiers of hunger.

We will also present decided cases that relate to transformational challenges of the criminal justice system. Access to justice is still a challenge for many women.

The NGC is a political school of a lifetime for members of the league – like all other cadres – and will come out enlightened on quite a number of issues, including ­organisational culture, unity, values, cadre discipline and respect.

In this regard, the league has identified certain issues and has made the following ­recommendations:

50-50 parity for women:

  • To apply vigilance to ensure representation of women.

  • To monitor the implementation of all ­policies aimed at promoting and protecting women’s rights and equality.

Economic transformation:

  • ANCWL to lobby and campaign for policies that will promote economic empowerment of women, such as engendering decent work and sustainable livelihoods, and engendering mining policies and strategies for small, medium and micro entrepreneurship of women.

Peace and stability:

  • To develop a revolutionary transformation agenda that promotes full implementation of legislation impacting on women’s ­empowerment and gender equality, and campaign for the transformation of the ­criminal justice system.

Media transformation, ownership and ­diversity:

  • Call for media institutions to develop ­gender policies to cover both internal ­practices and editorial policies.

  • Introduction of gender studies into the ­curriculum of communication/media/­journalism courses.

Information and communications technology (ICT) and women:

  • Will campaign and lobby for the accelerated and increased access by women to ICTs, ­especially in rural areas and in the agricultural sector.

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