Women take stock after their month

2016-09-08 06:00
Women attended a stakeholder engagement to commemorating of Women’s Month, last Wednesday, at OR Tambo Hall, in Khayelitsha. PHOTOS: Mbongiseni maseko

Women attended a stakeholder engagement to commemorating of Women’s Month, last Wednesday, at OR Tambo Hall, in Khayelitsha. PHOTOS: Mbongiseni maseko

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Nomaindia Mfeketo, the Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, said the issue of inequality among the citizens still needs to be addressed.

Mfeketo was speaking during a stakeholder engagement to bring the proceedings of Women’s Month to a close, last Wednesday, at OR Tambo Hall.

“I agree that it is not anybody’s responsibility to liberate you, but yourself. If we can say we are truly equal, we will not be speaking the truth. What happened at a Pretoria School is really happening in Model C schools across the country 22 years after democracy,” she said.

Parktown High School for Girls was in the news recently after Black learners complained bitterly of being discriminated against because they did not keep straight hair.

Mfeketho said action should be taken against everyone who is perpetrating racism.

“Our children do not know(anything) about racism until after they are told by their parents around dinner tables that this one is Black and this one is White.

We must make racism punishable(by law). We need to bring back morals, but government and churches cannot do it alone. We all need to contribute in moral regeneration,” she added.

The event was held under the theme “Acknowledging Past Gains and Crafting Brighter Futures,”

The engagement saw hundreds of women, from different walks, getting an opportunity to raise their burning concerns, which they said they needed to be addressed.

Phumla Soka, said women should be proud of their achievements as the month was brought to a close, despite challenges.

“We must be proud of ourselves, because we ensure that our children do not go to school on empty stomachs. I am appealing to government to make follow-up on projects run by women, that they fund to ensure that they are sustainable and well developed,” Soka said.

Ntombi Dywili, said there are many challenges which women in the province are facing.

“Our problems are escalating. Our children are in gangs and they are fighting in schools. We raise children in an environment we do not have control over. We need to come up with solutions as women. Our children are also using drugs,” Dywili said.

Jane Meyi, 67, said senior citizens need help from government.

“We as elders are not taken care of. They turn our taps off without warning. We are suppressed in this province,” Meyi said.

Tanyan Jameza Gradwell, of the National Khoisan Kingdom, lambasted the social grant scheme for being made available to young mothers.

“There is no need for social grant which is given to young girls who become mothers. They must go and work. Let us stop talking now and start working,” Gradwell said.

Other issues that surfaced revolved around the issue of Early Childhood Development centres that struggled to get recognition from the fire department if their buildings did not meet specifics.

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