Madonsela: Women must claim their place

2014-07-30 22:42
Public Protector Thuli Madonsela speaks about her provisional report on security upgrades to President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla homestead. (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela speaks about her provisional report on security upgrades to President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla homestead. (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - It is time for women in Africa to claim their place where Africa's fate is being decided, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela said on Wednesday.

"It is our time to claim our place at the main table where Africa's fate is being decided, where decisions on distribution of resources are being made, and Africa's contribution to the fate of the world as a whole is being determined," Madonsela said.

In a speech prepared for delivery at the Africa's Most Influential Women in Business and Government awards, she said that by shying away women would be dishonouring the women who came before them and failing to provide an example to the girl child.

She lauded women across the continent as pioneers, effective leaders and examples to young girls, who had shown that it was possible and within their reach.

Looking back at the continent's history, women had led nations well and the continent had seen the bravery of persons such as Queen Nzinga of Angola, Princess Mkabayi of Kwazulu, Queen Asantewaa of Ghana, and Basotho Queen Manthatisi.

Madonsela said South African women such as Charlotte Maxeke, Mirriam Makeba, Helen Joseph, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and Helen Suzman had also shown fortitude and resilience as leaders.

She expressed her gratitude to women who were being honoured at the event.

Madonsela said because of them, Africa and its countries were getting better every day even though there was still war, hunger, starvation and abduction of young girls.

"But because you are taking part at the main table and bringing your ideas into all spheres of life, I have no doubt in my mind that things will get better."

Read more on:    thuli madonsela

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.