Madonsela: Women must claim their place

Johannesburg - It is time for women in Africa to claim their place where Africa's fate is being decided, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela said on Wednesday.

"It is our time to claim our place at the main table where Africa's fate is being decided, where decisions on distribution of resources are being made, and Africa's contribution to the fate of the world as a whole is being determined," Madonsela said.

In a speech prepared for delivery at the Africa's Most Influential Women in Business and Government awards, she said that by shying away women would be dishonouring the women who came before them and failing to provide an example to the girl child.

She lauded women across the continent as pioneers, effective leaders and examples to young girls, who had shown that it was possible and within their reach.

Looking back at the continent's history, women had led nations well and the continent had seen the bravery of persons such as Queen Nzinga of Angola, Princess Mkabayi of Kwazulu, Queen Asantewaa of Ghana, and Basotho Queen Manthatisi.

Madonsela said South African women such as Charlotte Maxeke, Mirriam Makeba, Helen Joseph, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and Helen Suzman had also shown fortitude and resilience as leaders.

She expressed her gratitude to women who were being honoured at the event.

Madonsela said because of them, Africa and its countries were getting better every day even though there was still war, hunger, starvation and abduction of young girls.

"But because you are taking part at the main table and bringing your ideas into all spheres of life, I have no doubt in my mind that things will get better."

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Hasani P 2014-07-30 10:59:25 PM
Zuma must have written the speech, it is brilliant , warm and reassuring
Mike Jones 2014-07-30 11:43:36 PM
I guess Winnie was a great example to Stompie - oh, of course he was a boy child.
Mthamiz Sjongo 2014-07-30 11:45:48 PM
Silent member of the DA
Bennie Smith Snr 2014-07-30 11:55:15 PM
Role of women had change for better over the years. Women can help build.
Djembe Ndebele 2014-07-31 12:52:10 AM
Madonsela, which role are you playing now Public Protector or activist?
BLUESILVER2012 2014-07-31 12:52:33 AM
Winnie Mandela????? Convicted kidnapper and involvement in murder of a child...oh wow...really, an example of Female Leadership????
mantlekilo 2014-07-31 05:17:00 AM
Women have the opportunity to unite and flex their collective muscle blowing the whistle and following through on exposing and ending the corrupt and criminal men in their lives. Come on ladies, don;t be a part of the problem. be the whole solution !
Andrew Terr 2014-07-31 05:57:29 AM
We have women claiming their place in the ANC Mafioso.Claiming their place at the trough.Some don't even put food on their subjects' troughs.
Obert Rachi 2014-07-31 05:57:39 AM
How women take place in africa?its said b4, almost all sucessful women a somehow connected ,they dnt have anything like education dat qualify dem were dey a like u advocate,,eg madikizela,Dr nkososana zuma,minister of labour,angie motsega,thandi modise etc wat do dey have or is it bcos they a connected to rightful ppl organasation(ANC)
Johnny Jonza August 2014-07-31 06:04:04 AM
Thuli Madonsela is a beacon of hope to this wonderful country of ours, You were attacked by THE SO CALLED CHAMPIONS OF DEMOCRACY , BUT U STOOD FIRM N PROTECTED THE PUBLIC, Iwill forever respect you n the work that you are doing If it was the ANC of Mr Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela you were to be bestowed with an honour for fighting for this country , keep up the good work SISI