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The 09 of August mark the watershed moment in the entire history of our country, when
more than 20 000 women from all walks of life assembled in the Union Buildings in Pretoria,
united in protest. These brave women’s risked their physical security by protesting against
the government. Some of these women carrying their babies, stood together to protest the
pass laws. This demonstration was the first mass action organised by women and participated
by women in liberation struggle, led by heroines Lillian Ngoyi, Helen Joseph, Raheeda
Moosa, Sophia De Bruin and others. Significantly it demonstrated to the government
of the day as well as to the agents of patriarchy that women do have an ability to
become formidable force in the struggle for the liberation of the oppressed in South Africa.
It is known that even today women still do suffer injustices and subjugation based on their
gender. Patriarchal thinking holds that women are primarily care-givers and are capable
for the household duties. The struggle for women in South Africa is about redressing the imbalances
of the past.
POPCRU as the workers organisation understands the injustices and the subjugations faced
by our women at their workplaces and by the society at large on daily basis and advocating
on equal justice for all. POPCRU Gender desk believes that “ NO ONE CAN CLAIM LIBERATION
IF OUR WOMEN ARE STILL NOT LIBERATED”. Let the working class women unite with
the young and older women in our society and be influence in moving our country forward
by the word of Mao Tse Tung that “ In order to build a great socialist society it is of the utmost
importance to arouse the broad masses of women to join in productive activities.
Genuine equality between sexes can only be realized in the process of the socialist transformation
It is for this reason POPCRU gender desk at National Level is in support of all programs
around the country during this month and is aligning with The Department of Women that
is leading in championing programmes and activities which seeks to improve the lives of
women and our young girls. Under the theme “ WOMEN UNITED IN MOVING SOUTH AFRICA
VIVA POPCRU VIVA ! MALIBONGWE……..
National Gender Co-ordi