The African National Congress (ANC) Women League president, Bathabile Dlamini says South Africa is still a patriarchal country.
She says women should stand together to reject patriarchy as they remember the team of 1956.
“If you look into 1956 women long ago started dealing with issues of non-racialism working together. But also we need to have programmatic areas and the platform where we agree as women and try and ensure that issues of economic growth, issues of access to finance, ensuring that the Public Service is of special cadre that understands that we are in the transformation phase,” says Dlamini.
Dlamini says when one looks at the services that the government provides one would see that they touch on issues affecting women.
“The services like health, education, human settlement and water and sanitation are things that lacked and now our women have access to these services,” says Dlamini.
Dlamini was speaking at the Lillian Ngoyi Square in Pretoria, at the Women’s Day celebration.
Sixty years ago about 20 000 women from across the country Marched to the Union Building against the legislation that required Black South Africans to carry “Pass” (an identification document which infringed on their freedom of movement during the Apartheid era)
The march was led by Lillian Ngoyi, Helen Joseph, Albertina Sisulu and Sophia Williams-De Bruyn.