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OR Tambo was very mind­ful of the rights of women. He com­mis­sioned a Code of Con­duct that saw that women’s rights were respected and up­held by all in the or­gan­i­sa­tion. He tried to en­sure that the abuse of women was erad­i­cated. He was a hero, a fa­ther, a man of great dig­nity, and a friend to all in the camps. He was con­fi­dent, firm and fair when deal­ing with is­sues. His hu­mil­ity and com­pas­sion made him a fa­ther fig­ure to all women in the camps. He called them “The almighty few”. By recog­nis­ing their voices, he could name 522 women in the camps. OR Tambo al­ways ad­vised women on devel­op­ment and life skills, as well as con­stantly re­mind­ing them not to lose fo­cus and ap­plauded their sac­ri­fice of leav­ing the coun­try for the bet­ter­ment of South Africa. He was very thought­ful – on for­eign trav­els he would bring each woman an item that he knew each needed. OR Tambo was one of the key found­ing fa­thers of South Africa’s lib­er­a­tion and con­sti­tu­tional democ­racy. To­day South Africa prides it­self with lay­ers of po­lit­i­cal, mil­i­tary, cul­tural and eco­nomic lead­ers who were men­tored and de­vel­oped by OR Tambo to oc­cupy strate­gic lead­er­ship po­si­tions across gen­der.

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