Across the Eastern Cape, our women – especially in rural areas – are suffering due to extreme poverty and a struggle to put food on the table for their children.

Today, 9 August 2022, the Democratic Alliance Women’s Network (DAWN) in the Eastern Cape is commemorating Women’s Day, and we are acutely aware that many of our women are still locked out of opportunities and do not form a vibrant part of the economy.

Many households are headed by unemployed women and food security is a major issue.

We have come to Qamata Village near Cofimvaba to empower local women by donating seedlings for them to grow their own crops, feed their families and sell their produce.

The seedlings we handed over to a group of women today will not be just another donation, but a long-term, sustainable project.

We will not leave these women to fend for themselves without any knowledge of how to successfully farm.

We will provide education on the cultivation of crops by asking local farmers to share their knowledge.

Our councillors will also regularly visit these women and give assistance and guidance. As DA EC Shadow MEC for Rural Development and Agrarian Reform I will also conduct regular oversight inspections.

During Women’s Month, DAWN in the EC will focus on empowering women across the province to become self-sufficient and to form a vibrant part of the economy.

DAWN is committed to advancing women’s rights and fighting for a society where women can thrive.

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Nomvano Zibonda MPL

Nomvano Zibonda, MPL, is the Democratic Alliance Women’s Network (DAWN) EC Provincial Chairperson.

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