Winnie Mandela Tasks African Women on Gender Equality
Freedom fighter and former wife of former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, Winnie Madhikizela Mandela, has said women in Africa will continue to struggle for their rightful positions in the political arena, despite the odds against them.
“We are resolved to reaffirm the position of the women and reassert ourselves in the society that we should no longer be relegated to the background.”
According to Winnie, the conference she attended in Abuja which was organized by Daily Trust Newspaper was to enlighten more women on their rights and encourage them to fight for their rights in the male dominated society.
Winnie made this known to Journalists after she had paid a condolence visit to former President General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida on the loss of his wife, Maryam Babangida yesterday in Minna.
According to Mandela, the struggle for women emancipation has been an age long struggle all over the world as women are being relegated to the background in the political arena.
“Though the relegation of the women folk is an ancient problem which women have been trying to break out from, it is not an easy task but we are here to take our rightful position and see to it that things change for the better”.
Winnie reaffirmed that this century is for women and they are here to prove to the men folk that they must be carried along in the issues of governance.
While condoling the former president in tears, she said she received the news of the death of Maryam with shock, adding that if she had the slightest idea she was sick, she would have paid her a visit in which ever hospital she was in.
She said Late Maryam was not only a friend to her but a younger sister who she was scheduled to visit and inspect some of her projects on women development before she passed away
Source: Thisday Newspaper (Nigeria)