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UDEMWO calls on men to campaign against women abuse

Statement issued by Thandi Nontenja, UDEMWO Secretary General The country is marking another 16 days of abuse against women and children but the battle is far from being over. As the United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO), we feel that nothing much has been done to successfully combat the problem. If women are still petrified in their own homes and communities, it shows clearly that there is something wrong with our society. Every day there [...]

UDEMWO saddened by Khwezi’s death

The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) would like to convey a message of condolences to the family and friends of Fezekile Ntsukela Kuzwayo better known as Khwezi. We as UDEMWO are saddened by her sudden departure. Khwezi fought a good fight and she displayed a true example of imbokodo especially during her dark hour when those she trusted took advantage of her. She was amongst the few fearless women of our time. Her sudden [...]

October 11th, 2016|2016 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDEMWO, Women's Issues|Comments Off on UDEMWO saddened by Khwezi’s death

UDEMWO calls for swift intervention by government on WC women killings

Media Statement by Thandi Nontenja, UDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is saddened and concerned by the growing numbers of women and children who have fallen victims of rape and murder in the Western Cape since the beginning of the year. What is more distressing is to know that these women and children are victims of crime in the hands of those close to them or someone they know. The time [...]

March 16th, 2016|2016 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDEMWO, Women's Issues|Comments Off on UDEMWO calls for swift intervention by government on WC women killings

UDEMWO calls for action to arrest Mafevuka’s killers

As the United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO), we welcome the arrest of the suspects in the murder case of the 16 year old teenage girl, Franziska Blochliger in Tokai early this week. We commend the police and everyone who made the arrest possible and we hope that the case will not drag long before the alleged perpetrators are brought to book for their horrendous action. In comparison, it is saddening to learn that not [...]

March 11th, 2016|2016 Archive, Home, Issues, Media statements: UDEMWO, Safety and Security, Women's Issues|Comments Off on UDEMWO calls for action to arrest Mafevuka’s killers

UDEMWO pleased by SCA verdict: Oscar Pistorius

The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is delighted by the new ruling of the Supreme Court of Appeal that has found Oscar Pistorius guilty of murder of Reeva Steenkamp. As UDEMWO, we welcome this verdict. The overturning of the court judgement brings hope in the justice system and to women and children that are victims of crime. We hope that the justice system will continue to deal with lawbreakers and not be lenient against [...]

December 3rd, 2015|2015 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDEMWO, Women's Issues|Comments Off on UDEMWO pleased by SCA verdict: Oscar Pistorius

UDEMWO calls for swift action by MEC Qedani Mahlangu

Statement issued  by Thandi Nontenja: UDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is disturbed by the news of a possible risk of babies going blind due to power outage at one of the biggest hospitals in Africa, Chris Hani Baragwanath. It is with great sadness that such an unfortunate event is not taken serious by the health authorities instead the Department of Health in Gauteng is busy playing hide and seek while [...]

November 23rd, 2015|2015 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDEMWO, Women's Issues|Comments Off on UDEMWO calls for swift action by MEC Qedani Mahlangu

ANCWL march insult to women

Statement issued by Thandi Nontenja :UDEMWO Secretary General As the United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO), we are overwhelmed at the stunt by the African National Congress Women’s League (ANCWL) to take into the streets in defence of President Jacob Zuma. Their march shows clearly that Women’s League does not care about societal matters but their main objective is covering each other’s backs rather than the masses. This is an insult to women of this [...]

October 28th, 2015|2015 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDEMWO, Women's Issues|Comments Off on ANCWL march insult to women

UDEMWO condemns Kensington attack

Statement issued by Thandi Nontenja - UDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) condemns the ruthless and inhumane incident that took place over the weekend where a young woman was gang raped by 12 men in front of their partners while the other woman managed to escape. Their partners were then tied up and drowned in a dam in Kensington, Johannesburg. This is such a disgusting and dreadful attack that cannot be [...]

October 19th, 2015|2015 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDEMWO, Women's Issues|Comments Off on UDEMWO condemns Kensington attack

Harsh measures against “baby dumpers”

Statement issued by Thandi Nontenja - UDEMWO Secretary General In the wake of new born babies being abandoned and deserted throughout the country, the United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is calling for harsh actions against those responsible for these inhumane acts. The abandonment of babies has become a norm and it is not acceptable at all. This is a problem that has gotten out hand. A lot must be done by government with society [...]

October 7th, 2015|2015 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDEMWO, Women's Issues|Comments Off on Harsh measures against “baby dumpers”

National Women’s Day

ADDRESS BY Ms CN Majeke MP in the National Assembly SUBJECT FOR DISCUSSION: NATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY – Women United in moving South Africa forward Honourable Speaker and Members Despite progress reported in the Report on the Status of Women in South Africa; most rural women and girls are still facing more obstacles in gaining access to public service, social protection, decent employment opportunities, and markets and other institutions. The voice of rural women must be [...]

August 12th, 2015|2015 Archive, Home, Speeches, Women's Issues|Comments Off on National Women’s Day

UDEMWO calls for the protection of rape victims

Statement issued by Thandi Nontenja: UDEMWO Secretary General As the United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO), we are saddened to witness growing numbers of abuse towards women while we are still celebrating the women’s month in South Africa. The rape of the 23 year old woman in Nkanini - Khayelitsha while her boyfriend was shot and killed trying to protect her is really inhumane that is why we are calling upon the South African Police [...]

August 12th, 2015|2015 Archive, Media statements: UDEMWO, Women's Issues|Comments Off on UDEMWO calls for the protection of rape victims

UDEMWO is devastated by the recent horrific attack against a 14 year old girl in Grabouw

Statement issued by Thandi Nontenja: UDEMWO Secretary General   As the United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) we are devastated by the recent attack on the 14 year old girl in Grabouw, Western Cape. We would like to convey our message of support and wish her a speedy recovery from this horrific attack. This young girl has shown bravery after her brutal attack and was able to name the culprit. This incident is taking us [...]

July 16th, 2015|2015 Archive, Media statements: UDEMWO, Safety and Security, Women's Issues|Comments Off on UDEMWO is devastated by the recent horrific attack against a 14 year old girl in Grabouw

UDEMWO is pleased by the court’s decision to deny bail against Christopher Panayiotou

The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is pleased with the way National Prosecuting Authority has so far handled the Christopher Panayiotou and his co-accused case of murdering the innocent Jayde Panayiotou. Panayiotou and the men accused of killing this young woman do not deserve to be back in our communities as they pose a danger not only to the community but to those close to them. They have displayed clearly that they are not [...]

June 12th, 2015|2015 Archive, Home, Media statements: UDEMWO, Women's Issues|Comments Off on UDEMWO is pleased by the court’s decision to deny bail against Christopher Panayiotou

Member’s Statement on the critical challenges confronting young women address by Ms CN Majeke, MP in the National Assembly

  Honourable Speaker and members As we begin the 39 Anniversary of the Youth month, it is important that we focus on the critical challenges confronting young women. Many young women remain targets for gender based violence. The recent UN, 2010 report, on violence against women in Africa indicates that the scourge of violence against women in Africa is still largely rampant, but hidden beneath cultural practices and beliefs. Amongst other reasons accountable for this [...]

June 5th, 2015|2015 Archive, Home, Speeches, Women's Issues, Youth Issues|Comments Off on Member’s Statement on the critical challenges confronting young women address by Ms CN Majeke, MP in the National Assembly

UDEMWO is calling on parents to keep an eye on children

The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is worried about the growing number of children missing throughout the country. Everyday we hear of these missing children and most of them go missing while playing around their communities. This shows clearly that our children are no longer safe in their own communities. We are calling on parents to keep a closer look on their children and members of the community can play a big role in [...]

May 14th, 2015|2015 Archive, Media statements: UDEMWO, Social development and welfare, Women's Issues, Youth Issues|Comments Off on UDEMWO is calling on parents to keep an eye on children

UDM Women’s organisation: reaction to rape of Bongiwe Mnguni

Statement by Ms Thandi Nontenja UDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) believes it is a travesty that women in the workplace, both in the private and public service, are not safe from sexual harassment, abuse, violence and rape. One of the main reasons why people with much needed skills, such as doctors and nurses, leave for greener pastures is that they are not safe at their places of work. We have [...]

September 4th, 2014|2014 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDEMWO, Media statements: UDM, Women's Issues|Comments Off on UDM Women’s organisation: reaction to rape of Bongiwe Mnguni