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Last updated: 08 August 2016
FAWU Salutes Women In August
8 August 2016
FAWU pays tribute to all women in the month of August who selflessly go out each morning and serve their families, their communities, their unions and the country on a daily basis.
FAWU salutes and remembers our very own fallen heroic women leaders in FAWU such as Ray Alexander Simmons, Elizabeth "Rocky" Mafikeng, Liz "Nanna" Abrahams, Frances Baard whose hard work and sacrifices created a strong, militant and progressive trade union movement in the Food and Canning Workers Union ( FCWU) in the fourties and which later evolved into the might FAWU we know today. The union also pays tribute to those courageous women who participated in the 1956 Women`s march against the pass -laws of the apartheid government to the Union Buildings such as Sophia De Bruyn and Lilian Ngoyi and countless others who have fallen in the liberation struggle in the hopes of building a better future for the country. We pay homage to all these women for their incredibly courageous efforts.
Sophie De Bruyn commented in newspaper reports on Women`s Day (9 August 2016)and encouraged young women to become more active in standing up against the challenges in the country like poverty, inequality and unemployment. She motivated the youth to continue the fight started by our foregoers against women and children abuse, the wage gap and other social ills found in society today.
FAWU vows to continue to fight to improve women`s rights in the workplace such as maternity leave and equal pay and encourage women to take up more leadership roles in trade union structures.
Viva Abafazi Viva!