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Women still fighting for equality - Zille

Friday commemorates 20,000 women who marched to the Union Buildings 57 years ago against apartheid pass laws.

Friday commemorates 20,000 women who marched to the Union Buildings 57 years ago against apartheid pass laws.

JOHANNESBURG - Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Helen Zille says women in the country are still fighting for equality.

Zille addressed women in Wattville, east of Johannesburg, where she urged them to take advantage of the opportunities given to them.

Today commemorates the 20,000 women who marched to the Union Buildings 57 years ago against apartheid pass laws.

Zille also took the opportunity to campaign for next year's elections and to gain more supporters in the Gauteng Province.

"Opportunities are never-ending and the more women use their opportunities the more they create opportunities for others."

Meanwhile, Agang SA leader Dr Mamphela Ramphele says Women's Day is about honouring and celebrating women and acknowledging their contribution to society.

"It's also a day to rededicate ourselves to the principal of gender equality and the freedom of women."

Ramphele says although there is a fair representation of women in civil society organisations and corporate businesses, society still breeds a culture of male dominance over women.

"It's important to have that transformation of the relationship between men and women to tap more into the feminine power."