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ANCWL urged to include young women in its leadership structure

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As the ANC Women’s League (ANCWL) prepares to address the nation on its state of readiness for this weekend’s 13th National Conference, political analyst, Asanda Ngoasheng, has raised concern about the intergenerational conflict facing the league.

She says the priorities that the older generation thinks the league should focus on are different to those of the younger generation.

The ANCWL has committed itself to finally hosting the conference this weekend, following more than three postponements.
The conference was initially expected to take place last week, but was pushed to this weekend due to disputes over the credentials of delegates.

Ngoasheng believes the women’s league should push for young women to be at the helm of the organisation in order to understand the concerns and challenges facing the youth.

Ngoasheng has emphasised the importance of having young voices contribute to efforts to tackle  challenges and ideologies around issues like feminism and challenges black women are grappling with in the country.

According to Stats SA, Black African women continue to be the most vulnerable with an unemployment rate of 39.9% in Q1 of 2023. They also earn more than 30% less than their male counterparts.

The ANCWL’s was initially meant to address the nation on its readiness for its upcoming conference, but it was postponed at the eleventh hour to tomorrow.

The league says it took this decision as a precautionary measure, following yesterday’s suspected gas explosion in the Joburg CBD, which left one person dead and 48 others injured.

The league says the explosion has affected the supply of water and electricity in numerous buildings in the CBD.

The address, which was expected to take place in Chief Albert Luthuli House, has been moved to the Nasrec Expo Centre.

Written by: Nokwazi Qumbisa

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