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Woman celebrates the launch of women month

By Maanda Mulaudzi

Hundreds of women gathered at Ga-Matlala, Seema Community Hall in the Capricorn District to officially mark the launch of the 2014 edition of Women’s month.   During this month, government will pay a befitting homage to the women of our nation, mothers, wives, sisters and daughters who fought tirelessly against the evil system of apartheid. The launch was done by CoGHSTA MEC Makoma Makhurupetja on behalf of Premier Chupu Mathabatha on 01 August 2014.

 

This year the Provincial Government will celebrate our women’s month under the theme: Celebrating the 60th Anniversary Of The Women’s Charter And 20 Years Of Freedom: Together Moving a Non-Racial, Non Sexist South Africa Forward” In his speech delivered by MEC Makhurupetje, Premier Mathabatha announced that his government was going to host a celebration rally at the Tafelkop Stadium on the 9 August 2014 in the Elias Motswaledi Local Municipality. He said that on that day his government would elaborate the achievements made by his government in advancing the interest and rights of women.

He added that his government’s celebration of women’s month was taking place within the context of the 20 years of democracy and freedom. This is the freedom that many women sacrificed their family time and other luxuries fighting to achieve. Premier reminded women what his government had achieved since 20 years of our freedom and democracy, he said that his government has put in place sufficient legislative and institutional mechanism to promote and advance the rights and interests of women. Part of the legislative framework the government put in place includes the Employment Equity Act, the Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act of 2000, the Recognition of Customary Marriages Act and Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment.

“The government has also established the Commission on Gender Equality within the commitment to ensuring a society free from gender oppression and all forms of inequality. President Jacob Zuma has recently signed a proclamation establishing the Department of Women, to be located in The Presidency. This is a positive step in enhancing the department’s role to lead, coordinate and oversee the transformation agenda on women’s socio-economic empowerment”. He said