Women's Month to showcase achievements of women

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Pretoria – Cabinet has welcomed the plans for Women’s Day, which will be held at the King Zwelithini Stadium in Umlazi, KwaZulu-Natal on Saturday.

President Jacob Zuma is expected to lead the event on 9 August, under the theme: “Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the Women’s Charter and 20 Years of Freedom: together moving non-racial and non-sexist South Africa forward”.

Women’s Day marks the anniversary of the 1956 march to the Union Buildings by 20 000 women to protest against the discriminatory pass laws which had restricted the movement of black people in the country.

“As part of the celebrations of Women’s Month, government will host several events to profile women in different sectors and showcase the achievements we have made as a country,” said Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, Jeff Radebe.

He was briefing media in Pretoria on Thursday, following Cabinet’s ordinary meeting.

Some of the events planned include the Women Awards in Construction on 14 August, the Women in Science Awards on 15 August, the Female Farmer of the Year Awards on 22 August and the Women in Water Awards on 29 August.

Minister Radebe said Cabinet had called on all South Africans to support and participate in the Women’s Month programmes and activities throughout the month to ensure that women achievements are celebrated.

Human Settlements Minister, Lindiwe Sisulu, and the provincial human settlements MECS have approved a programme to deliver 1 956 houses in each of the nine provinces as part of Women’s Month.

“A total of 17 604 houses will be built by women and the beneficiaries will be women, the elderly and child headed households,” said the minister. – SAnews.gov.za