As stated in our July article, we have notice a whole lot of activity for the month of August. Indeed the month has been packed with activity from all walks of life.
The legislative sectors, all ten of them, have set special days to debate the role women play and should be afforded in economic development. This was in the mould of similar days set for the youth in June.
For the record parliament in Cape Town arranged for a joint sitting where both houses, the national assembly and the national council of provinces, convened to debate the issue of women in the economy. In their quest to have a full house for the debate even special delegates were invited from the nine provincial legislatures.
It is striking as both houses of parliament are led by men with women as their deputies. Nothing was done in July to convene a similar sitting for men. I am not sure how many provincial legislatures, if any, did have special dates or debates to promote the course of men.
Perhaps the time has for men to take their course and themselves more seriously. The issue of gender should not be treated in a lopsided way that tends to leave men out of the equation.
It may be that July is of course gulped up by the programmes and projects put in the name of the Great man, Mandela. It is not a lost course by any means.
Programmes that were set up in August ranged from simple ones to more complex ones. We noticed that in government departments where women serve as deputies to men, the latter moved from the lime light to let the women push the agenda of government.
These efforts showed that women can of course deliver .Women in construction rose to the occasion when they displayed their wares by putting up edifices that would leave some with envy that women can have such finesse in building.
Our women folk in soccer showed their mettle when they disposed of opposition as they paved their way to represent the country in the forth coming Olympic Games. Some made a good showing as farmers.
Our women should that there is every truth in the saying hat the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world. They were not found wanting in anything they are expected to do.
Surely gone are the days when it was argued that they should woe the man for their wellbeing.
Sent by: Sipho Mfundisi