2000 • ANC Women's League Award
broad background in workplace health, therapy and rehabilitation, coupled
with work in varied political, cultural and
socio-economic milieus, including more then a decade as union president
or vice president and a member of the Canadian Labour Congress Women’s
Committee, enables her to deal with politically sensitive issues with
confidence and subtlety.
ANC Women’s League was formed at the ANC annual conference on
December 16, 1943. It came to prominence through a celebrated
march on the Union Buildings by women to protest the dreaded Pass Laws
on Women. (The pass laws required South Africa's majority blacks, mixed
race and Asians to carry documents, or passes, that limited them to
certain racially segregated areas.) This march occurred on August
9, 1956. The women were set upon by dogs and a vicious police
The role of the Women’s League within the ANC has been to address the concerns of women, to ensure the recognition of women and the participation of women in all walks of life. The plight of children has been of particular concern. The Women’s League has influenced policies, strategies and their implementation, to work towards the advancement of women in the ‘new’ South Africa.
South African Women for Women is proud to bestow on Fatima this prestigious award for representing the women who worked so hard at dismantling apartheid: the ANC Women’s League Award.