Polokwane – Public Protector Advocate Thuli Madonsela has called on women to promote good governance to help pave the way for the advancement of other women.
Addressing scores of women in Polokwane, gathered at a seminar organised to celebrate Women’s Month, Madonsela expressing concern over the low number of women occupying high positions at JSE listed companies. She encouraged women to look at economic empowerment opportunities for other women, saying the majority of women still live in poverty.
“If we play our part, we will be keeping the hopes of our people alive. I believe it’s our time to … to bear the fruits of democracy,” said Madonsela.
She praised the women of 1956 who marched to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to protest against restrictive pass laws, saying they lay the foundation for democracy. In particular, she singled out Ma Albertina Sisulu, who selflessly served others.
Echoing Madonsela’s sentiments, Deputy Public Protector Mamikie Shai encouraged women to fight for good governance.
“Celebrating Women’s Month is also celebrating freedom from oppression,” she said, urging women to fight for their identity and their positions.
Priscilla Mulaudzi, Childline Director in Polokwane, told women to strive to empower themselves.
“It is very important that as women, we [rock] the world like the 1956 women who marched to the Union Buildings,” she said, calling women who are domestic workers to continue with their studies so they can improve their lives.
She appealed to those women who are still experiencing hardships to seek help and to take care of their children.
“You need to understand that children’s rights are human rights.”
She asked people to pledge to their support in helping vulnerable children.
The seminar was attended by various women’s organisations in the province.
Most community members gave the Public Protector a thumbs-up, saying she must continue with the good work she is doing. – BuaNews