MADONSELA CALLS FOR BRAVERY IN WOMEN
By: Khetho Dlamini and Menelisi Ndwandwe
Public Protector Advocate Thuli Madonsela has urged women to celebrate heroes around them who are doing great things quietly.
Madonsela was speaking at the Women’s month celebration event at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Howard College on Tuesday.
This event was aimed at educating women about the importance of gender equity.
In her address, Madonsela said that much is being done by women in society of which deserves to be celebrated.
She said, “Celebrate the women of 1956 but do celebrate the women in our modern society who are doing great things. Bravery and telling people they are wrong if they are did not start
and end in 1956.”
Women were advised not to seek for representation in numbers but to make a change once they have assumed positions of power.
“Women should not just seek for representation but for power to change the status quo,” she added.
UKZN Vice Chancellor, Dr Albert van Jaarsveld, expressed his concern in the number of post-graduates in UKZN.
“Sixty percent of UKZN undergraduates are women but the numbers drop rapidly in the post graduates,” expressed van Jaarsveld.
Kent Schoderer, a human development studies researcher at the UKZN said, “Women have just as much potential to make positive changes as men do but they are yet to be given a
platform to prove themselves.”
Madonsela encouraged women to write to the minister of Justice about the achievement of gender equity as according to the founding provisions of the Constitution.