African Union (AU) chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma says women who support the ANC Women’s League (ANCWL) should show solidarity by donning doeks from Friday to Sunday.
Dlamini-Zuma made this known on Sunday during ANCWL’s commemoration of the 40-year anniversary of the Soweto uprising and the 60-year anniversary of the Women’s March in KwaZulu-Natal.
Launching ANCWL’s Young Women’s Desk and “Doek Weekend campaign” at the Durban City Hall, the AU chairperson told loyalists, “I have been wearing the doek for a long time, so I am happy that I will now have more company wearing this. It is important to demonstrate and outwardly wear our doeks, because we are now doing it for the ANC.”
Speaking also, KwaZulu-Natal Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube encouraged women to kindle their passion for leadership positions and watch each’s back.
Dube-Ncube said, “if someone has a position they are taking, we must support them and not isolate them. We must stop bringing each other down. I want to see a women president. And we must support 70% of women in all sectors of government.”
In addition, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma asserted that the young women must push the frontiers and transform this society and not conform to it. According to the ANC stalwart, women have a role to play, they also pass the baton on to the next generation.
In her contribution, ANCWL national president, Bathabile Dlamini, enjoined women to continue to inspire each other morally and otherwise.
“Once you get elected into a position of power, you must take responsibility. Poverty is the face of women. It is up to us to lift our fellow sisters up and ensure we rise together.”
The women were also encouraged to see the party’s doek as their crown and were advised to wear doeks on weekends in support of the ruling party and the women’s league.