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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 [...]

2015-12-24T19:05:29+00:00 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 [...]

2016-10-28T20:46:22+00:00 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 calls for thorough investigation on Saint Barnabas Hospital, Eastern Cape

As the United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO), we are angered by the ignorance and inhumane treatment by the health workers at Saint Barnabas Hospital in Libode, Eastern Cape. Refusing to pay attention to a sickly person is something else but refusing to render the necessary help for a rape victim is grossly inhumane. Rape issue is a very sensitive matter and the more you do not follow all the necessary precautions is the more [...]

2016-10-28T20:57:32+00:00 June 22nd, 2015|2015 Archive, Health, Media statements: UDEMWO|Comments Off on UDEMWO calls for thorough investigation on Saint Barnabas Hospital, Eastern Cape

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 [...]

2016-10-28T20:59:28+00:00 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

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 [...]

2016-10-28T21:57:13+00:00 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

DR RUTH MOMPATI WAS A TRUE EXAMPLE OF IMBOKODO

Statement issued by Thandi Nontenja: UDEMWO Secretary General The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is shocked and saddened by the death of the struggle veteran Dr Ruth Mompati. We would like to convey our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Mam’ Ruth. She was a true representation of Imbokodo and as women in South Africa, we are forever grateful. She gave and served the country tirelessly when South Africa was experiencing hardships. [...]

2015-05-14T10:07:46+00:00 May 12th, 2015|Archives, Issues, Media statements: UDEMWO|Comments Off on DR RUTH MOMPATI WAS A TRUE EXAMPLE OF IMBOKODO

UDM WOMEN’S ORGANISATION LAMENTS THE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE BY POLICE OFFICERS:

As the United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation, we would like to extend our deepest condolences to the Madindi family who lost their daughter Vuyiswa and her mother Sbongile during a shoot-out spree by an off duty Constable Rhulani Nkuna in Meadowlands, Johannesburg. The Madindi relatives are the latest victims of domestic violence by a police officer who also shot himself dead. This incident is of many which occur exactly three days before the world celebrates [...]

2016-10-26T08:39:10+00:00 March 10th, 2015|Issues, Media statements: UDEMWO|Comments Off on UDM WOMEN’S ORGANISATION LAMENTS THE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE BY POLICE OFFICERS:

16 Days of Activism 2014

It’s that time of the year again. And every year I wrestle with how we feel about the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence and Abuse against Women and Children campaign that kicks off on November and runs until December 10. Although the campaign is held for only sixteen days, for it to be successful it rests on each individual and the nation as a whole in taking action for the security, protection and [...]

2016-10-26T08:39:10+00:00 November 27th, 2014|2014 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDEMWO, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on 16 Days of Activism 2014

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 [...]

2016-10-26T08:39:10+00:00 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

The end of Women’s Month 2014 | UDEMWO

Issued by Mrs Thandi Nontenja UDEMWO Secretary General At the end of Women’s Month 2014, we look to the future; the United Democratic Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is worried that the National Development Plan is overall gender blind, disregarding women’s gendered practical, and strategic needs and concerns. Considering that this is the development map for South Africa we are dissatisfied with what our future prospects are. In addition, UDEMWO is doubtful that the sideways-move, to bring the Department [...]

2016-10-26T08:39:11+00:00 August 28th, 2014|2014 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDEMWO, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on The end of Women’s Month 2014 | UDEMWO

Women’s Day 2014

LOOKING BACK 2014 is certainly an auspicious year with the commemoration of a number of milestones, such as the sixty years that have passed after the adoption of the Women’s Charter of 1954. As is right, we take the time to, as a nation, make introspection on the role that women play in our society; in particular the contributions they made in the struggle against apartheid and the years before and thereafter. NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN [...]

2016-10-26T08:39:11+00:00 August 9th, 2014|2014 Archive, Media statements: UDEMWO|Comments Off on Women’s Day 2014

UDEMWO welcomes Kutumela sentence, but is it enough?

The United Democratic Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is pleased to hear that Thato Kutumela has been sentenced to ten years for rape and 20 years for the murder of his 18-year-old pregnant ex-girlfriend. We are however disappointed that Kutumela's sentences will run concurrently and hope that he will never be paroled. Our courts should mete out harsh sentences on the perpetrators of abuse and violence against women and children. UDEMWO believes that a zero-tolerance system should be employed [...]

2014-09-02T13:44:03+00:00 March 28th, 2014|2014 Archive, Media statements: UDEMWO, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on UDEMWO welcomes Kutumela sentence, but is it enough?

UDEMWO statement: Child rape: war on children

By Mrs Thandi Nontenja - UDEMWO Secretary General Child rape is totally out of hand. Following the recent reports of child rape cases across the country, another nine-year old girl was badly burnt, raped and left for dead in the Cape Flats. Earlier this month a 37-year old father was arrested and charged for raping his 17-year old daughter. These reports are shocking and serious measures must be taken to protect our children. The United [...]

2014-09-02T13:48:18+00:00 January 21st, 2014|2014 Archive, Media statements: UDEMWO, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on UDEMWO statement: Child rape: war on children