ANC EC statement on Women’s day

August 9th, National Women’s Day, is a day of celebration of women in

our country. It is a day when we all celebrate what women are doing in

their jobs and in our trade unions, in politics, in the media, in our

education and religious institutions, in our homes and in our



It is also a day of solidarity between women–solidarity in the continued

struggle for total emancipation from economic and social subordination,

a day when women unite to protest against the continued triple

exploitation of the majority of women – as members of the working class,

in the work place, and at home.


It is a moment when the women of South Africa look back and draw

inspiration from the 20,000 women who marched bravely on the Union

Buildings in 1956, and who pronounced “Wathint Abafazi, wathint

mbokodo” – Strike a woman and you have struck a rock. While we

honour the leaders of this historic act of rebellion, we must also

remember that the majority of those who courageously marched were

considered ‘ordinary women’ and we must also remember them.


Thanks in no small part to the courage and determination of the women

of 1956 and beyond, our democratically elected government has

repealed old laws that discriminated against women, especially black

women, embedded gender equality into our constitution and passed new

laws to promote gender equity in employment, and human rights for

women in the community and the family.

We will continue to struggle for a non-sexist society that will ensure that

women and children are safe from all forms of abuse and violence. In

this regard, we will intensify our work in fighting against violence directed

to women and to this end we shall engage in the following actions:

Raising awareness about gender-based violence as a human rights

issue at the local, national and international level


Strengthening our work against violence on women.


Establishing a clear link between local organisations and international

work to end violence against women.


Providing a forum in which organisations can develop and share new

and effective strategies.


Let us celebrate Women’s Day with great pride and joy. Let’s us renew

our commitment to gender equality and build a prosperous and peaceful

nation free from all forms of discrimination and poverty.





Issued by :

Office of the Provincial Secretary

Cde Lulama Ngcukayitobi



ANC Media & Liaison Officer

Judy Mpetsheni

Mobile No: 0636878267/0731176194

Email :

ANC Communications Manager

Gift Ngqondi

Mobile No:0848439706/0849519924

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