Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane: 9 August 2011
The Constitution of South Africa tells us that
women are equal in dignity and equally entitled to their
freedoms and rights. If one were to describe women in South
Africa, these would be the broad brush strokes on the canvass of
society. The finer details describe our women far better; they
are teachers, innovators, leaders, mothers, motivators, workers
and artists. Our women represent the diversity of our nation.
On this Women's Day, the IFP is proud to
salute South Africa's women. We celebrate all that has been achieved in the
protection and advancement of women's rights throughout our
history. We know that a victory for women is a victory for all.
It is true that when the weakest link in any society is
strengthened, the whole becomes stronger.
The sacrifices and perseverance of generations
past have ensured that women are no longer the weakest link in
our society. Undoubtedly, there are more vulnerable South
Africans who require our care and protection, such as the
disabled and impoverished. But as we seek to strengthen this
link, let us not forget the lessons we have learned in the
struggle for women's rights.
The IFP recognizes the ongoing need to enhance
women's opportunities to economic empowerment. The majority of
our supporters are women, and the IFP speaks with the voice of
the poorest South Africans. We know that a great need exists to
help our women help themselves.
Skills training and greater access to
financial assistance are but the beginning. Entrepreneurs often
need expert guidance to navigate regulations, marketing
principles and business sustainability. This can only happen in
an environment of philanthropy and cross-pollination between
industries, professionals and entrepreneurs. Ultimately the creation of this environment
depends on Government.
As we celebrate Women's Day 2011, let us each
do what it takes to help someone else succeed.
Contact: Bonginkosi Dhlamini MPL, 083 254