Fe­male may­ors can help ANC achieve its ob­jec­tives

CityPress - - Voices - Meokgo Matuba voices@city­press.co.za

Be­fore the 1994 demo­cratic elec­tions in South Africa, African women in par­tic­u­lar were dis­re­garded when it came to oc­cu­py­ing man­age­rial po­si­tions. This in­spired po­lit­i­cal ac­tivism for recog­ni­tion of women, and pro­mo­tion in the work­place and else­where. It also in­flu­enced the ANC’s res­o­lu­tion of a 50-50 rep­re­sen­ta­tion of men and women in its lead­er­ship struc­tures.

At the 52nd ANC con­fer­ence held in Polok­wane, the cap­i­tal of Lim­popo, in 2007, we re­solved to keep fight­ing against sys­tem­i­cally en­trenched pa­tri­archy and other forms of abuse against women.

Hence, the ANC Women’s League has, at all times, been at the fore­front of voic­ing its op­po­si­tion to pa­tri­ar­chal dom­i­nance.

As we fi­nalise the can­di­date nom­i­na­tions lists for the up­com­ing mu­nic­i­pal elec­tions, the women’s league has been lob­by­ingth­eANClead­er­ship an­ditsstruc­tures­not­tomarginalise women in the process. We be­lieve that the ANC, as a non­sex­ist rev­o­lu­tion­ary move­ment, un­der­stands that ad­vanc­ing the strate­gic ob­jec­tives of our Na­tional Demo­cratic Rev­o­lu­tion is vi­tal.

But it will only partly suc­ceed with­out the par­tic­i­pa­tion of women at all lev­els of gov­ern­ment.

The women’s league com­prises cadres whose com­pe­ten­cies should not be over­looked when it comes to de­ploy­ing can­di­dates for may­oral posts and mem­ber­ships of may­oral com­mit­tees in mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties across the coun­try.

Women tak­ing up such po­si­tions of au­thor­ity will en­sure that gen­der is­sues are brought to the fore and in­ter­ven­tions con­ducted to im­prove the lives of our peo­ple.

As women, we strongly be­lieve that gen­der equal­ity is non­nego­tiable when it comes to an ac­count­able, trans­par­ent democ­racy. De­ploy­ing fe­male cadres to high po­si­tions at mu­nic­i­pal level serves only to strengthen the ANC’s re­sponse to our peo­ple’s needs. Matuba is sec­re­tary-gen­eral of the ANC Women’s League and

a mem­ber of the ANC’s na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee

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