Bill meant to protect women

Your article "Cultural Storm" published on July 26 refers.

Your article "Cultural Storm" published on July 26 refers.

The example set by iziNtom-bi zeNgcuce holds as much relevance today as it did in 1876.

People who had the authority, and who actually forced others to do things against their will, ordered iNgcuce to marry into the iNdlondlo regiment.

The women defied that order. The relevance of that segment of history today is that we live in societies where gender and other forms of power relations in which women are subjugated, continue to prevail.

Rape, murder and the maiming of women and children have reached pandemic proportions.

Religion and culture are used as a basis to force women into marriages for reasons not of their own choosing.

The Bill of Rights guarantees and protects the right to freedom and security of every person.

This includes freedom from all forms of violence, including sexual violence.

The commemoration of iNgcuce will go a long way in educating and empowering women to resist the usurpation of their rights.

Today, more than ever, women need to stand up to forces that seek to subordinate them in power relations.

The bottom line is that whatever women do, it must be their choice.

Phelele Tengeni, Msunduzi