Hlengiwe Mkhize: We must draw on our past to defeat the challenges we face now

South Africa is committed to ensuring not only 50/50 parity in leadership, but ensuring an environment conducive to gender equality, writes Hlengiwe Mkhize.

South Africa observed Human Rights Day on 21 March 2021. The theme for this year’s Human Rights Month is The Year of Charlotte Maxeke: Promoting Human Rights in the age of Covid-19.

On Sunday, we recognized the sacrifices of countless South Africans to overturn apartheid.

We remember in particular the 69 people killed and 180 wounded during a peaceful protest against the pass laws which sought to denigrate citizens to second class workers.

This year is the 150th anniversary of Charlotte Maxeke. She was a leader and a struggle veteran and so much more. Mme Charlotte Maxeke was a woman activist who endured not only the oppressive colonial government, but also the exclusion of women from participating in politics.

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