Female mayors can help ANC achieve its objectives
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