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A woman a pillar of the nation
14/03/16
A woman a pillar of the nation Assistant Minister of Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, Ms Botlogile Tshireletso, has appreciated the ministry women for organizing a day to celebrate Women`s Day.  This year the day was celebrated under the theme “Pledge for Gender Parity”.

A woman a pillar of the nation

Assistant Minister of Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, Ms Botlogile Tshireletso, has appreciated the ministry women for organizing a day to celebrate Women`s Day.  This year the day was celebrated under the theme “Pledge for Gender Parity”.

Speaking during the gathering on Tuesday, Ms Tshireletso said International Women’s Day started way back in the years 1900 founded by the Russian women and every year the day is commemorated.

She said different laws to protect women from violence were made such as the children`s act to make sure fathers help support their children, the re-admission act to allow the girl child to go back to school after pregnancy and the 2008 domestic violence law.

Assistant Minister Tshireletso further denoted that in the past women were not allowed to attend Kgotla meetings but rather they were told by males what was discussed at the meeting which meant they got second hand information. Further to that, she denounced that violence against women should stop, adding that these days it is pleasing to see women in leadership roles such as women who are Chiefs, the Attorney General and those in the political arena which is a sign that the country is going somewhere.

On her part, the Minister of Education, and Skills Development Doctor Unity Dow, applauded MLGRD for having more women in Senior Management levels and having many personal secretaries as women.

 Dr Dow said these days’ external people honor marriage more than the two individuals who are actually in holy matrimony, as in some cases the husband will sexually abuse the girl child that the wife came bore prior to wedlock and such violence will be hidden even by the family.

She advised the audience about the importance of having a legal will of who will inherit their property when they are no more, she says this will save their children the daunting task of seeking legal advice to ensure their rightful property remains theirs.

 Dr Dow also urged parents and the general public not to hide children being born bisexuals but rather accept them as they are also people and entitled to live. Furthermore, Dr Dow noted that in the past child maintenance was P40.00 and remained valid till the child was 13 years old until the law was reviewed.

Dr Dow went onto say, there has been a perceptional barrier that women believed they will never be in leadership roles but only men can lead. “You have a right to be a female and look whatever way you want, she said”.

An advocate and woman of faith Ms Botho Ntswaneng, urged women to remember those women out there who are running for their life`s and looking for secure shelter. Ms Ntswaneng said women should refrain from the habit of gossiping but rather know that another women is being raped somewhere by their son, and this she said in other countries the perpetrators head will be chopped off.

She noted that in Asia they meet and have talks with young girls who were trafficked and traumatized and urged women to avoid hurting other women. She advised women to make positive and good friends at all times and remember to celebrate their femininity, adding that women should rise up and stop competing negatively with each other

On her part Chief Communication and Public Relations Officer of Mascom Wireless Ms Tebogo Lebotse encouraged women to define their purpose in life and look for one thing in life that lifts them up and makes them happy.

Matlhogonolo Letshelaphala

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