“Even though we have made great strides in the emancipation of women, gender justice and the struggles of women remain challenging, from gender based violence, high poverty amongst women, exclusion of women in significant positions, the burden of disease and more. Our work is not yet done,” she said. “We need to work just as hard to mobilise key institutions in society: our churches, schools, sporting bodies, who must continue the struggles. We also need to broaden the base as many more people are needed for us to overcome the complex battles we face. As foot soldier in this struggle we need to continue to lead from the front, back and sideways.”
“As people of SADC let us use the SADC Protocol on Gender and Development to entrench and advance the women's cause in our countries. The Protocol must be a living document in all our countries: we must take it to the people”, Mlambo-Ngcuka added.