August gives an opportunity for all of us in South Africa to reflect on the status of women in South Africa, the role that women play in development, to take stock of achievements, celebrate women who have contributed to the political and socio-economic development as well as the advancement of other women in South Africa, identify challenges ahead and strategies to overcome these challenges faced by women. This year’s commemoration comes at an opportune time in 2015 when the country celebrates 59 years of the Freedom Charter and 21 years of democracy. Furthermore, 2015 has been declared as the African Union (AU) Year of Women Empowerment and Development towards AU Agenda 2063. These indeed call for renewed political will and commitment on the side of the government and decision makers to ensure respect of women’s rights as provided for in the African Union Maputo Protocol on the Rights of African women and the constitution of South Africa.
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