The Abahlali baseMjondolo Women’s League will be joining the women of South Africa to honour and celebrate our heroes who fought against racism and pass laws in 1956. They did so for all of us today, and they did so courageously and exceptionally. We will be celebrating this day by reclaiming and asserting our right to this land. We will be celebrating this day by building the power of women from below. We will be celebrating this day by building awareness, political and economic consciousness, unity and solidarity. And yes, we will be celebrating the Interim Court Interdict we have just been granted by the Durban High Court last week. Continue reading →
The Struggle for Human Dignity Continues in the Shadow of Death
Life is always difficult in the shacks. If you are poor and black you can be killed with impunity. But it is not only the politicians and their izinkabi, or the police or private security companies that take our lives. We live in life threatening conditions every day. We die in the fires, from disease, drugs and crime. Our children die from diarrhoea. Our neighbours die because the roads next to the settlements are not made safe for pedestrians. The economy excludes us. The development of the cities excludes us. We are denied access to land, electricity, water, housing, education and work. We are also denied the right to participate in the discussions about the future of our society and in decision making about our lives and communities. Continue reading →
Abahlali baseMjondolo Women’s League Statement on Women’s Day
The Abahlali Women’s League will be honouring the power of those women who organised a march to fight for the rights of all women in 1956. We wish to salute the women who said “enough is enough” and ‘no more dompass woza ID’. Now is our time to make a difference. We will honour the women who marched in 1956 by holding an assembly of the women to build women’s power in our communities, in the struggle and in society.
The assembly of the women will be held at 9:00 on Monday 10 August at the Hindu Surat Hall in Prince Edward Street. Each branch has been invited to elect 15 women to attend. Continue reading →