ZUMA: SOUTH AFRICA’S ANC GOVT HAS ACHIEVED MUCH IN ADVANCING WOMEN’S EMANCIPATION

The South African government, led by the African National Congress (ANC) since the end of apartheid in 1994, has made great progress in advancing the emancipation of women in the country, says South African and ANC president Jacob Zuma.

South Africa had shown considerable improvement in fighting patriarchy and gender oppression, he told ANC supporters during the party’s 105th anniversary celebrations at Orlando Stadium in Soweto, Johannesburg, Sunday.

[Former ANC] president OR Tambo recognized that the struggle for national liberation is intrinsically linked to the emancipation of women and advocated that women take up their roles ‘among the fighting ranks of our movement and its command posts’. Equally, we must be sensitive to the reality that we must engender a sense of equality between men and women, Zuma said.

The ANC Women’s League on Saturday formally came out in support of Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the outgoing African Union )AU) Commission chairperson, and former South African foreign minister and interior minister, to succeed Zuma, her ex-husband, as ANC president as well as South African president.

Zuma said it was incumbent upon all South Africans to remember that patriarchy disadvantaged both women and men.

We must be consistent in challenging societal norms that engender sexist stereotypes. We have implemented many successful programmes to advance the economic and social status of women, but much still remains to be done. Women have made more strides over the last two decades than ever before.

Zuma said the ANC would actively work to improve women’s access to economic opportunities and, in particular, business financing and credit, so that women could pursue business opportunities in all areas.

We urge government to utilise institutions such as the recently launched Women’s Co-operative Bank and all other development finance institutions to further the economic emancipation of women, he said.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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