President Cyril Ramaphosa has said that more work still needs to be done to achieve gender equity, adding that “better educated women will create better communities”.
Ramaphosa said this on Wednesday, April 7 while delivering a Charlotte Maxeke lecture at the Fort Hare University in the Eastern Cape.
The event was aimed at celebrating the late Maxeke’s 150th birthday.
Maxeke is one of South Africa’s icons who fought tirelessly for the emancipation of women. She was the first black woman to graduate with a university degree in the country.
Mme Charlotte Maxeke was an outstanding leader. We cannot talk about the history of South Africa without talking about her contribution. She was a pioneer and a brave leader. #CharlotteMaxeke150 https://t.co/hKAfKYYIR5
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“Better educated women won’t only create more breadwinners or expand the workforce, better educated women means better families, better communities and a better society,” EWN quoted Ramaphosa as saying.
Ramaphosa said that coming to Maxeke’s 150th commemoration in Gqugesi village in the Eastern Cape was like visiting a fountain of wisdom as this is was a place where she grew up and went to school, according to SABC.
“Mme Charlotte Maxeke was an outstanding leader. We cannot talk about the history of South Africa without talking about her contribution. She was a pioneer and a brave leader,” Ramaphosa said.
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