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Limpopo Province officially launches women’s month

By: Emmaculate Cindi

MEC Makoma Makhurupetje on behalf of Limpopo premier has officially launched annual women’s month. The well attended event by women was held at Leboeng Sports grounds in the Fetakgomo-Tubatse municipality.

The month of August has been dedicated to remember the impact that women of 1956 have done during the struggle. The provincial government had decided to use the first day of the beginning of women’ s month to unveil a month programme activities which is aimed at celebrating women and highlighting their difficulties in different spheres of life.

This year’s women’s month comes at the time when South Africa is faced with the high number of women that have been killed by their loved ones if not physically abused.

On Sunday the 30th of July, a 66 year old women in Groblersdal outside Polokwane in Sekhukhune district municipality was found killed and some of her body parts were missing from the body. This is the kind of heart breaking stories that the launch aims to raise awareness on during the month of August.

Women of 2017 are faced with different challenges that the women of 1956 experienced, they wanted freedom of movement and today’s women are faced with socio economic conditions which includes fear of being killed by their partners, becoming victims of human trafficking and getting pimped into prostitution and not being accepted to being important role players in decision making.

“My department is already taking a lead in a decision to appoint 30% women and 20% youth contractors to deliver on our housing mandate, I’m quite sure that this decision will ensure that more and more women contractors enter the built environment not only as tenderers but also as engineers and business owners” said MEC Makhurpetje

This year’s women’s month launch will provide an opportunity to celebrate the achievements recorded over the years and call for greater equality between men and women.