Celebrating the National Women’s Day of South Africa with Qatari Spirit
by Tariq Ali Faraj Al-Ansari, Ambassador of the State of Qatar to South Africa
7 August 2020
I would like to congratulate all women and girls in the Republic of South Africa on their National Women’s Day, August 9th, which is historical in making the change that they well-deserved. 74 years ago, exactly on 9 August 1956, more than 20,000 South African brave women marched in order to fight for their freedom and for attaining their inalienable right to freely move and protect their livelihood in their own country.
Today, we can witness the achievements of the Republic of South Africa in the field of women empowerment and advancement, where capable women are leading departments and state agencies. As a diplomat, I have the privilege to salute the role of H. E. Dr. Naledi Pandor – South Africa’s Foreign Minister, in leading the Department of International Relations and Cooperation of her country. Prominently, on 17 July 2020, Dr. Pandor strongly stated her country’s position on the role of women in peace and security in a message addressed to the UN Security Council. In her statement, Dr. Pandor presented the vision and achievements of South Africa in fulfilling the objectives of Security Council resolution 1325 on women, peace and security, important agenda item at the UN. She also considered the right of women as key for the true meaning of freedom when she quoted a phrase of President Nelson Mandela stating, “Freedom can’t be achieved unless the women have been emancipated from all forms of oppression”.