A call to unite against the scourge of gender-based violence

By Siboniso Mngadi Time of article published Aug 9, 2020

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Durban - Businesswoman Zanele Mbokazi-Nkambule has called upon women to unite, like those who did in 1956, to fight the scourge of gender-based violence and to resuscitate the country's ailing economy.

As the country will “embrace” the power of women on Sunday, August 9 in honour of fearless women who marched against the apartheid government’s the pass laws in 1956, she was on a mission to spread her words.

The date resembles the power of women who staged a march on the Union Buildings in Pretoria in 1956 to protest against the proposed pass laws.

Women from all parts of the country came together for a common purpose.

Mbokazi-Nkambule, a founder of Crown Gospel Awards, said she would be hosting a "Woman to Woman" online Conference, to discuss the empowerment of women in different sectors including entrepreneurship and the role of women in a fight against Gender-based violence.

“We need to come together like the women of 1956, their common mission regardless of their position, profession and age.

This year’s commemoration comes at the time when the world is facing a Covid-19 pandemic which is causing havoc on our economy. The country is also facing a scourge of gender-based violence, we need to take initiative and find a solution.

I urge all women in their formation, maybe it churches, stokvel, workplace or society to come together to transform one another.

We have different expertise and capabilities, we need unity and courage to change our challenges.

We can draw strength and courage from our heroines, they rose against all the odds which we can also do,” she said.

Mbokazi-Nkambule also reflected on the fact that the country’s workforce was dominated by men.

She called on women in high positions not to distance themselves from communities, where women are hopeless, unemployed and victims of violence.

“It's time to stop relying on men on issues affecting us and our children. We have many women in business and some are occupying senior positions in government. We need to work as a collective. We are capable of great things and we can defeat gender-based violence if women of 1956 fought against the oppression,” she added.

Mbokazi-Nkambule online conference will take place on Women’s Day on social media platforms.

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