Eastern Cape Provincial Government will commemorate the Women’s Day on the 24th August 2018 in Port Alfred, Ndlambe Local Municipality under the theme‘The Year of Mama Albertina Sisulu – A call to reflect on our past, engage on the present, imagine the future the way we would want to see it.’This is subsequent to the Women’s month program launch officiated by the Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts & Culture MEC Bulelwa Tunyiswa and graced by the presence of Gender Machinery and Human Rights Commission.
The Women’s month programme highlights and honour the legacy of Mama Albertina Sisulu through various activities.MEC Tunyiswa said “For the August month, the programmes speak to the centenary of Mama Albertina Sisulu and some of these are highlighted in the Provincial Calendar. Like-wise, the National & Provincial Women’s Month programmes are also anchored on the Centenary celebrations of this struggle stalwart”.
“Critical is the need to support these programmes which is one of the reasons the Calendar is launched and made known to all stakeholders so that Politicians, officials and other stakeholders can support these programmes” she highlighted.
MEC urged, “the Province must feel the Centenary celebrations of Mama Sisulu by spreading programmes across all Districts and Metros and not forgetting women living in rural areas when planning programmes, and that it is important for women to push through even in the face of the hardest hurdles, whenever we feel like giving up, we must remember those who have fallen before us, who stood together, supported each other in the fight that was specific and targeted. It is only when we stand together as women of all sectors that we can win the fight that we face today”
Launch of the calendar month include:
• The Provincial Women’s Day which will be The Mama Albertina Sisulu Memorial Lecture which will be held on the 28th August 2018 at Engcobo, led by Department of Social Development.
• The Round-table discussion on the Life and Times of Mama Albertina Sisulu to be held in Chris Hani District led by Office of the Premier, South African Youth Council and the Department of Education. The session is inspired by the recently launched abridged biography of Albertina Sisulu.
• The socio-economic empowerment programmes targeted at empowering our women as a contribution to uplifting women.
• The anti-Gender Based Violence Awareness programmes that are targeted at imparting relevant information to women about what to do in cases of violations. This is part of empowerment.
• The Albertina Sisulu Centenary games that will be played across the District and Metropolitan Municipalities – of note is that in her days Mama Sisulu was a netball player.
• The Centenary celebration of Mama Albertina Sisulu which will be held in October, her birth Month in Tsomo, Chris Hani.