DORRIS DLAKUDE ABOUT WOMEN SOCIETYBUILDERS
The EWC journalists communicated with representatives of different countries to find out the status of women there. This time, they interviewed Dorris Dlakude, Member of the National Assembly of South Africa. She shared interesting facts about the situation in her country.
“Women play a really big role in our country, including in politics. South Africa’s Parliament consists of two chambers, the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces, both chaired by strong women. Moreover, women are engaged in many committees of the Parliament”, she said.
In terms of the National Development Plan 2030, the government actively works on the advancement of women in public authorities and aims at achieving equal representation of men and women in politics.
South Africa is making great efforts in addressing the problem of men’s violence against women.
“It is necessary that women and men oppose violence together. Women alone won’t manage to eliminate it. This is a big and serious problem we are to solve by joint efforts”, she commented.
According to Dorris Dlakude, one must start addressing this issue with bringing up children in a proper way. It is important to explain to boys that respecting girls and women is a condition essential for the well-being of society. Dorris finds it important to discuss measures like the mentioned one at such meetings, as the Forum of Women Parliamentarians in order representatives of different countries could exchange their experience in solving issues of this type.
Speaking about the role of women in her country’s development, Dorris Dlakude calls women societybuilders.
“When you educate a woman, you educate the whole country. As mothers we pass our knowledge to our children and with time to all members of the society”, she finished.
Nikolay Gavrilov, Viktoria Yezhova, news agency of the Eurasian Women’s Community
Translated by Nikolay Gavrilov