MASERU-As part of Women’s Day celebrations, the All Basotho Convention Women’s League has called upon Basotho women from all spheres to hold hands and together fight violence in all its forms and “protect women and girls and the disabled people.”
In its statement, the WL says it is deeply concerned about the discrimination of women when it comes to awarding of top job, as well as the deterioration of women’s representation in the National Assembly.
“Today we celebrate the Women’s Day today even though women are still being discriminated against. Even when it comes to the awarding of lucrative jobs, those who get them are quite few. Research shows that the ninth parliament in 2015 had a 25 percent female representation, which deteriorated to 23 percent in 2017.
“This only says we should take action and take part in all responsible spheres. We need to empower ourselves and support one another as women. We would like to see ourselves taking engaging in empowerment projects as we are the ones who are hand-on in our economic growth.
“We can focus on self reliance projects and our culture, as well as protect our biodiversity and other monuments in the country and this shall help towards creation of jobs,” the statement reads.
In conclusion the WL has called for everyone to observe the Covid-19 health protocols to avoid more deaths.
Every year in August, South Africa marks Women’s month to pay tribute to more than20 000 women who marched to the Union Buildings on 9th August 1956 in protests against the extension of the Pass Laws to women, a system meant to control women even further and reduce them to passive beings, at the mercy of men.
This year’s theme is : “Generation Equality is a global campaign and links South Africa to global efforts to achieve gender equality by 2030.”