Dlamini speaks out against pa­tri­archy

The Rep - - NEWS - ANDISA BONANI

The Min­is­ter of Women in the Pres­i­dency, Batha­bile Dlamini, has spo­ken out against pa­tri­archy in the ANC, say­ing cur­rent land own­er­ship de­bates were shaped through the discussions among men.

Dlamini was speak­ing at the 16 days of ac­tivism cam­paign against vi­o­lence to­wards women and chil­dren pro­gramme and the memo­rial lec­ture for Al­bertina Sisulu in Ko­mani last Fri­day.

“This year’s cam­paign co­in­cides with the cen­te­nary cel­e­bra­tion of Mama Al­bertina Sisulu, a fear­less cham­pion of democ­racy and hu­man rights.

“The cen­te­nary cel­e­bra­tion is a year-long pro­gramme marked by a se­ries of com­mem­o­ra­tive events and ac­tiv­i­ties across the coun­try to re­call the pro­found con­tri­bu­tion that she made to the strug­gle for the rights of peo­ple and the pi­o­neer­ing role she played in the strug­gle for the eman­ci­pa­tion of women.”

The min­is­ter said women’s is­sues were con­stantly be­ing shoved un­der the car­pet be­cause when they raised them, peo­ple would say they were po­lit­i­cal.

“We need to stay firm on who and what we are as women in this, the ANC, and the coun­try at large. We need to sup­port one an­other be­cause we know and un­der­stand our own plight. We need not lose our­selves in the fight against par­tri­achy, we should fol­low in the foot­steps of the late strug­gle stal­wart Sisulu. She fought against vi­o­lence against women un­til her last days on Earth. She died for a good cause.”

Dlamini said pol­i­tics was in­fested with peo­ple who were power-hungry and could not cope when they had lost, in any struc­ture that re­quired vot­ing.

“We need lead­ers who, when they lose a po­si­tion, will not be bit­ter and join other par­ties, lead­ers who will not blame in­di­vid­u­als when things do not go their way.”

Sisulu’s daugh­ter, Nontsikelelo, who spoke on be­half of her fam­ily, said a ma­jor strug­gle faced by woman was ac­cess to eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“Pa­tri­archy had made peo­ple for­get about their lead­ers and that was a prob­lem, be­cause his­tory needed to be learned and un­der­stood as it was.

“Al­bertina was one of the great­est lead­ers. She had seen in­equal­ity and in­jus­tice at her work­place and knew ex­actly what every­one was go­ing through.”

Non­stikelelo said women needed to ask them­selves what they were fight­ing for and how strongly they were com­mit­ted to the strug­gles of to­day.

Pic­ture: ANDISA BONANI

FOR THE WOMEN: The Min­is­ter of Women in the Pres­i­dency, Batha­bile Dlamini, speaks at the 16 days of ac­tivism cam­paign against vi­o­lence to­wards women and chil­dren pro­gramme and the memo­rial lec­ture for Al­bertina Sisulu in Ko­mani last Fri­day

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