Minister speaks out against patriarchy

2017-04-26 06:00
Bathabile Dlamini, minister of Social Development, shuns patriarchy during an award ceremony.Photo: Boipelo Mere

Bathabile Dlamini, minister of Social Development, shuns patriarchy during an award ceremony.Photo: Boipelo Mere

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Practitioners in Early Childhood Deve-lopment (ECD) have been commended by Bathabile Dlamini, minister of Social Development, for their role of allowing children to be children, while also laying the foundation of the country’s future by teaching values.

Dlamini delivered her keynote address during the national ECD award ceremony at the Hilton Hotel in Johannesburg on Thursday, 6 April.

A total of 98% of the nominees were women.

Elaborating on the role of the late O.R. Tambo in the liberation of the country, Dlamini lauded him for not seeing women as tokens.

He saw women as leaders because of the mobilising role they played while the leaders were in prison.

Dlamini called for an end to patriarchy, which she saw as being a stumbling block to women to attain leadership positions.

Earlier in the day, during a live segment on the New Age Breakfast Show, she had also spoken out against patriarchy.

In her speech at the Hilton Hotel, she encouraged women to improve their qualifications in order to speed up their development.

Her department would have to work hand in hand with the Department of Education to improve the remuneration of ECD practitioners in order to retain their services, the minister said.

The minister also noted that there were males who had been nominated for the awards.

“This shows that looking after the interest of children is not only a wo-man’s job,” she said.

Referring to the aim of the awards, the minister said they were presented for service to the poor, especially in rural communities, so that children in these communities could have access to the opportunities they deserve.

“That is why today’s children are already able to defy poverty; it is because they have access to information. So our role and responsibility is to uplift them through ECD and teach them who they are, and where they come from, so that they will be able to know and further advance the country.

“That is exactly what Madiba sacrificed and fought for: The future gene-ration,” she said.

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