Women must fight patriarchy - Motshekga

2012-05-27 20:45

Johannesburg - Women of all races and politics must set aside their differences and fight patriarchy, Angie Motshekga, president of the ANC Women’s League, said on Sunday.

Motshekga was speaking after an ANC Women’s League think-tank, which included the Congress of SA Trade Unions and other like-minded organisations, on how to approach the party’s national policy conference planned for Mangaung at the end of the year.

The National Executive Committee meeting and workshop were held in Boksburg over the weekend.

Motshekga said: "This elephant of patriarchy is all over.

"As women, especially women in the ANC, which is very powerful and can shape the thinking of government, we need to push boundaries to ensure women’s issues are thought about at every level."

Part of the debate this weekend focused on a revision of ANC policy papers with the specific intention of looking for “gender gaps”, she said.

A second workshop would be held with women’s rights groups and non-governmental organisations in Pretoria in June to discuss how women’s issues could be put on the agenda at the ANC policy conference.

Motshekga said there had been a regression in government and within the ANC on women’s issues with valuable gains being lost.

Very few of the leadership roles, even at branch level, were held by women.

“Our strength lies in our unity,” she said.

“We have to work across party divides on women’s issues.”

Included in society

Cosatu’s national treasurer, Freda Oosthuysen, said there needed to be a campaign into Africa to educate women about patriarchy and empower them to become “part of the circle (of social dialogue).

“Women in Africa still pull back and a campaign to mobilise them on women’s issues will have to start at grassroots level,” Oosthuysen said.

Oosthuysen said ANC policy thinking now had to come up with a new way of looking at poor women and how they could be included in society.

“So many women are not employed or eligible for unemployment benefits and we need to find ways to include them in society,” she said.

On the issue of Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma’s bid to become chairperson of the African Union Commission, Motshekga said it was important for the Southern African Development Community to take the chair.

“Dlamini-Zuma represents the region, not just South Africa,” she said.

On the debate surrounding the painting “The Spear”, Motshekga said the Women’s League national executive committee felt the work violated President Jacob Zuma’s dignity, and human dignity was a right enshrined in the constitution.

“There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that freedom of expression is a right as well, but this right is not absolute – it comes with responsibility,” she said.

She said she was concerned about a naked, photo-shopped image of Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille that had been published during the furore over the painting of President Zuma.

“Zille must not laugh that picture off. That is more than an image of her it is the body of a woman and it is not acceptable to show it like that,” Motshekga said.

The nation needed to move on and work towards healing the wounds of the past instead of rubbing salt in them, she said.

  • Squeegee - 2012-05-27 20:57

    How can we take them seriously when they march in favour of Zip-it-up Zuma and against the art gallery?

      TSOTSI Smilification - 2012-05-27 21:00

      Blah... Woman are not held in high regard in the ANC... If Showerhead cant sleep with them, he rapes them. WHY DOESNT THE ANCWL discociate themselves from the ANC and create a new leuge that truly crosses politacal parties. As long as you have ANC in your name South Africa cannot take you serioudly! VOTE DA FOR WOMANS RIGHTS! They are a politacal party that has senior members who are woman!

      TSOTSI Smilification - 2012-05-27 21:05

      “Zille must not laugh that picture off. That is more than an image of her it is the body of a woman and it is not acceptable to show it like that,” Motshekga said. Do you really expect Zille to waste time on things like that when she has a province to run? WTF? Zille is not petty Zuma! Typical ANC Condom Comrades! Where was the ANC woman's league during Zuma's rape trial? SHAME ON YOU!

  • Lacrimose - 2012-05-27 20:57

    But you just marched against the perceived insult to patriarchy. Do you know what patriarchy means?

      Bruce - 2012-05-28 00:08

      They marched for a man who slept with a woman who is HIV positive without protection - sorry I forgot the shower - who then goes home to his umpteen wives and mistresses, exposing them to the virus, and any children (legitimate and illegitimate) they may still have. They get all bashful about the genitals of a man, who uses every opportunity to flaunt his virility and potency.

  • Crracker - 2012-05-27 20:59

    Natural ability is far more important than this political BS that is going on.

  • Mmannyo - 2012-05-27 21:15

    People on NEWS24 are talking to themselves,this is worrying.You are really psychotic... "But you just marched against the perceived insult to patriarchy. Do you know what patriarchy means?" who are you talking to?

      sapepa.sapepa - 2012-05-27 21:52

      They just see "ANC" and come to a conclusion without thinking critically and with an open mind about what is being said. They use any opportunity to bad mouth the ANC. We are all very well aware of the shortfalls of the ANC, but that is no excuse to cover your ears and regard everything that is said by the ANC as rubbish without even reading through the article.

      Rob - 2012-05-28 07:39

      Mmannyo....Talking to intelligent adults, who vote on performance and not race !

  • Crracker - 2012-05-27 21:44

    We realy need growth and jobs. Not figths between the sexes.

  • Gerda Malherbe - 2012-05-27 22:04

    Only way to fight patriarchy is to be better in your job than any man. Unfortunately the women in high political office are even worse than the men! We need more Rhoda Kadalies in government

  • tobydt - 2012-05-27 23:59

    Eh? Fight patriarchy? But your president is a patriarch. How many of his wives have more than one husband?

  • mthetheleli.ntshobololo.1 - 2012-05-28 07:48

    Who's going to take them seriously,they stabed in the back their father christmas in Polokwane who made it clear that he wanted to be succeeded by a woman.

  • Henry - 2012-05-28 07:50

    Yip sure. Just remember to say nothing when your anc men sleep around,giving us more illegitemate poor little african baby's to pimp off to grandma,while collecting child grants that strain the tax payers,the decent people. The ancwl mean nothing to anyone,they just the anc's wh0r€s

  • swavka - 2012-05-28 08:17

    What the ANC women's league seem to forget it that they have been given a LITTLE power to shut them up. Women mean nothing to ANC men and even less to African men. They are there for one thing only and if you can't provide that you will be discarded. For once i would like to see them stand up for themselves and not follow in the footsteps of their so called men.

  • TheyTookMyNickLaZynEko - 2012-05-28 08:21

    “Zille must not laugh that picture off. That is more than an image of her it is the body of a woman and it is not acceptable to show it like that,” Motshekga said. <--- good luck trying to stop trolls.

  • marius.dumas - 2012-05-28 08:52

    It is all good and well. As long as women remember this law in nature: When a system undergoes transformation, there is always more that changes that that what is changed.

  • Winifred - 2012-05-28 09:22

    Angie, your ANCWL does nothing for women in general. Your organization is just a mouth piece. When have we actually seen you stand up and I really mean stand up and take action for women. No instead you are only worried about upsetting the ANC. How strong was your stance again the lady that was verbally abused in the zuma rape (sorry suspected rape) case. We did'nt hear your voice then, what about all the insults that have been thrown at Helen Zille, where was your voice then. Woman and children are being raped daily, kids starving in the townships and sitting at schools without text books, wheres your voice. So dont make stupid statements, Helen Zille does'nt care about that piece of trash was painted she is taking care of the people in her province and she does'nt need a back army to defend that piece of trash. This lady knows a piece of trash when she sees it....and just for the record I am not a Zille supporter but I do have respect for her because atleast she is trying to stop the ruin and the rot.

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-06-26 11:54

    Ha NOW we know WHY she is NOT doing her JOB too busy with the ANCYL to care about the real issues of her job. Thats the whole problem with these cadres they wear too many hats and cannot do the job they were given to do and still get paid to do it anyway. So now we know why she has been faultering at basic education.

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