Ahead of the 7 May National Elections you would do well to acquaint yourself with the Political Parties registered on the National level for the elections.
Today we introduce you to: Women Forward – WF
IEC Status: Registered
Contact Person: Ms Nana Ngobese
Telephone: 033 3427136
Fax: 033 3427137
Postal Address: P.O. Box 22170, Mayors Walk, Pietermaritzburg, 3208
Nana Ngobese-Nxumalo, a long-time gender advocate and granddaughter of Chief Albert Luthuli, former African National Congress (ANC) president and Africa’s first Nobel Peace Prize winner, launched women Forward (WF) in 2007. With a burgeoning membership of more than 30,000 and strongholds in some of the country’s poorest areas, the party is looking to break the current mould of male-dominated South African politics and provide women with a channel to communicate their needs to government.
“I think its time for us to recognise female leadership that is different from male leadership,” said Ngobese-Nxumalo, head of the party and its presidential candidate. “Women are naturally more caring, more inclusive and work more in a cooperative environment than men do I’m not saying they’re not competitive, just that they are less competitive [then men] and work for the greater good of the group.”
Her belief in women’s roles in politics is somewhat an of an inheritance, her grandparents’ legacy. “What actually strengthened the argument for female leadership, for me, was that my grandfather wrote about it a lot. He wrote about his mother’s role in his upbringing as a man who became who he was. He acknowledged the fact that every speech he wrote, had to be edited by his wife,” she said.
This information is gathered from the IEC and the above party website or publicly available documents.
Some essential links ahead of the elections:
Click here to see ALL 2014’s registered national parties.
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