KwaZulu-Natal Premier Willies Mchunu has called on municipalities throughout the province to prioritize women empowerment programmes. Critically, Mchunu has emphasized that the radical economic transformation programme will benefit women. He was speaking after this province successfully hosted the International Women’s Day at Esikhawini, in King Cetshwayo District at the weekend.
Mchunu remarked: “We are reminding mayors that they were elected on the 3rd August 2016, during women’s month, therefore they must prioritize women in their day to day activities. Women, as mothers, they hold the key to building a future free of poverty and hunger. A key factor contributing to hunger and food insecurity in the country is gender inequality in our society.”
“We will continue as government to mobilize oursociety behind a common goal of empowering women. We are training and grooming women for leadership in the province. We are doing this by ensuring their participationin all government campaigns, developmental programs and government structures. Some have been deployed as mayors, deputy mayors and speakers of various municipalities."
“Critically, we want to ensure that we fast-track the entry of women into the mainstream economy. The Radical Economic Transformation programme led by the Leader of Government Business Sihle Zikalala will also be biased towards women. We want women to participate in different sectors of the economy such as aviation, ICT, Maritime and renewable energy. We want to redress imbalances created by the apartheid government that ensured the triple oppression of women."
"We know that rural women perform a variety of tasks, including general agricultural work and raising livestock, as well as maintaining the household and family. In addition to these tasks, they procure water and domestic fuel. We therefore call on municipalities to speed up the provision of basic services to communities.”
Issued by the Office of the Premier
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