ANCWL: Education key to empowerment

2012-08-20 21:41

Johannesburg - Education is the key to empowering women, ANC Women's League president Angie Motshekga said on Monday.

"Education has a tremendous multiplier effect that brings lasting benefits to individuals and communities," she said at the annual Progressive Women in Business Summit in Midrand, according to remarks prepared for delivery.

"As I’ve said, education is critical. Girls love going to school and are good at it."

Motshekga said while much had been achieved since the dawn of democracy, more could be done to emancipate women in South Africa and the world.

According to The World Revolution's website,, women still accounted for two-thirds of the world's illiterate adults, and girls for two-thirds of the world’s children without access to education.

Motshekga said women played "a pivotal role" in bringing freedom and a society free of poverty. Women contributed to the economy through paid and unpaid work at home, in the community and the workplace.

She saluted struggle stalwart Charlotte Maxeke, the founder of the Bantu Women’s League, a precursor of the African National Congress Women's League, describing her as a "a woman of substance".

Motshekga congratulated Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma on her election as chairperson of the African Union Commission.

"We will empower women to the extent that we strengthen measures for tackling gender-based violence and abuse.

"We need law reform on bail and sentencing, legal literacy and more access to the courts," Motshekga said.

She urged women in business to help bring other women up the corporate ladder.

"Do not pull the ladder. Extend it. Open windows of opportunity for others."

  • irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-08-20 21:46

    Well Angie, if you understand this concept, why are you trying to hold the kids back and not give them the education that they deserve? Resign immediately and take all your wigs with you ... you're a total waste of space.

      Desilusionada - 2012-08-20 22:13

      Irene you got it right there! "Girls love going to school and are good at it." And boys not? A statement that says: "women played "a pivotal role" in bringing freedom and a society free of poverty." reeks a bit of the old smelly. With all due respects, but the are not doing a great job of it are they now, not that ANYONE is, still we are looking at Ms. Wiggy's statement.

  • sharon.erwin.96 - 2012-08-20 21:51

    I cannot believe that this woman can get up and make a speech like that, knowing full well that her inattention has caused the collapse of the education system in SA. Look at the protests happening at universities and say again how important education is to the precious vandals uh students!!!

  • peter.mansfield.395 - 2012-08-20 22:00

    So why, ever since 1994, has the ANC been busy destroying education and lowering standards?

  • frans.vanderpoll - 2012-08-20 22:01

    Angie, who are you trying to fool? If you look at everything that went wrong within the education department(Limpopo especially) you get a totally different picture.

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-08-20 22:08

    You don't say? This is why we pay our ministers such obscene salaries...they are most creative and innovative in their thinking and actions. Progress simply will not be possible without these groundbreaking individuals.

  • lacrimose.wolf - 2012-08-20 22:11

    yayaya - we ALL know this. What have you DONE about it? 18yrs on and people are less educated, less informed and less able to cope with fundamentals than ever before. Work ethic is so rubbish people will dump text books just so they return with an empty vehicle. When, oh, when will the mentality be addressed?

  • Dikotsi Ramakhera Petrus - 2012-08-20 22:20

    Oh, now education is important? When u talk about Mr Zuma, it is not? You know what madam, if i had not been taught respect, i would call u a fool!

      Desilusionada - 2012-08-20 22:33

      If I were not such a polite person, and brought up in a good house, I would have agreed in capital letters.

  • Dikotsi Ramakhera Petrus - 2012-08-20 22:22

    Actually, 'when' is education important? At the next Mr Zuma's birthday party, we know it will not be! If i had no respect, i would say our minister of education is a disgrace, really

      Desilusionada - 2012-08-20 22:35

      In fact my inherent decency and respect for those above me prevents me from shouting that it is more than a disgrace...

  • Johan De Beer - 2012-08-20 22:26

    Lol, when I saw the headline my first though was: "This wisdom probably emanated from some summit" And then wragtig...

      Johan De Beer - 2012-08-20 22:29


  • pyn.appel - 2012-08-20 22:27

    And that is as simple as that ... EDUCATION is key! Now allow them to get a proper education!!!!

  • infijar.ken - 2012-08-20 22:30

    This person would make a good stand up comedienne. What's the betting on another improvement on the Matric results this year?

  • devon.riley.52 - 2012-08-21 01:11

    I wonder if this woman even realises what a fool she is making of herself

  • africa.tshipembe - 2012-08-21 06:28

    Angie,shut up pls,from now on you are not qualified to speak about the importance of education.

  • andrew.mackie.90 - 2012-08-21 07:43

    Once again ANC proves it is all talk and no real action, as president of the ANCWL and minister of Basic Education is full of bluster but will not accept responsibility for the poor standards of learning in this country.Not once does she state how the department is going to uplift the teaching standards to ensure a better education. Just hot air being expelled with no intent of upgrading.

  • paddy.nolan.14 - 2012-08-21 09:46

    Not now Angie.....not now. All a little late and you should be ashamed of yourself. And for goodness sake get rid of those scraps of hair.

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