Saturday, August 16, 2008

Inroads of South Africa Women

On 11th August 2008, thousands of women from Gauteng Province, celebrated the 52nd anniversary of a march their female forerunners made upon the Union Building. This year they converged to celebrate the progress made by women in both politics and business.

From IOL:
Gauteng Premier Mbhazima Shilowa ... "said although the women's march was organised as a protest against pass laws, it was about the rights of women to participate in shaping a nation, their right and freedom to participate as equals in the economic and social life of the country.

He said women should continue to raise their voices whenever injustice occurs and when democracy is threatened. "

Tshwane's executive mayor Dr Gwen Ramokgopa "challenged women to get involved in politics, business and religious institutions to stand up and be counted to create a better future for the women of South Africa.

"The women, who marched in 1956, used their rights to fight apartheid as well as to create a better life for us. As we look forward to 2010, let us make gender equality one of our main priorities," Ramokgopa said."

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