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Women's struggles in SA is real, NGO director

The public holiday commemorates the 1956 march of thousands of women to the Union Building against pass laws.

Picture: Pixabay.com

CAPE TOWN – A Lavender Hill community leader says she believes the National Women’s Day is a bittersweet occasion.

The public holiday commemorates the 1956 march of thousands of women to the Union Building against pass laws.

Lucinda Evans is also the director of Women and Children’s Activist NGO, Philisa Abafazi Bethu.

She says the struggle for women in the country is still very real and the scourge of domestic violence against females has reached epidemic proportions.

“When I speak about this, we speak about the sweetness of what the main pioneers did for us in 1956 when they marched against the dompass. But in 2017 not much has changed.”

Evans has also raised concern about deputy Higher Education Minister Mduduzi Manana and his involvement in an assault on a woman at a Johannesburg nightclub.

“You’ll still find that a national minister will beat up a woman and he goes publically and he says sorry to the nation. Why has he not been arrested? And what are the messages that are sent out in Women’s Month in 2017 to the rest of us.”