“The global theme for International Women’s Day 2013 is The Gender Agenda: Gaining Momentum. In line with this theme, IMATU remains committed to the creation and better enhancement of women’s opportunities to Economic Empowerment. As a trade union operating in the municipal sector, IMATU believes that the sustainable empowerment of women can be achieved through continued education and skills development,” explained IMATU Media and Communications Officer, Anja Muller-Deibicht.
IMATU will also be using tomorrow as a platform to highlight the global call to eliminate violence against women and girls.
“The recent newspaper headlines detailing the gang rapes, murder and exploitation of our women and girls has brought the serious problem of violent crime to the fore. South African women and girls face horrific levels of abuse in a country which now has the highest levels of rape in the world. It is the collective responsibility of governments, communities and individuals to bring a stop to gender-based violence,” stated Muller-Deibicht.
The South African Constitution recognises and upholds the equal rights of women. IMATU believes that it is time for our society to actively reflect this equality throughout South Africa.