THE African National Congress Women’s League wants to empower young women in Mzansi.
On Saturday, young women gathered at Zuka Baloyi Sport Ground in Welkom, Free State for the launch of the Young Women’s Desk.
The desk aims to teach young women how to become progressive and active citizens.
Free State Social Development MEC and deputy president of the ANC Women’s League Sisi Ntombela said blessers are a problem that requires urgent attention.
Ntombela said it was wrong for older men to offer expensive gifts to younger women in exchange for sex.
“We are launching the women’s desk in Welkom because we want to teach young women about the history of the ANC.
“About 10 000 women responded to our call to use their expertise in fashion, music, arts and entrepreneurship to better their lives.
“Women should not degrade themselves by sleeping with men for money,” said the MEC.
She said the ANC has not been led by a woman since it was founded 104 years, adding that it was time to have a woman as president.
The MEC said the league is going to fight for the appointment of a woman president after the local government elections.
Addressing the young women at the launch, Ntombela said women should use education as a weapon against all forms of social ills in their communities.
“Young girls should be sent to school so they can be independent and not fall victim to blessers. Blessers are destroying the dignity of women, as they make it acceptable for girls to be bought with expensive gifts.
“But we have launched this desk in an effort to restore women’s dignity and teach them about their rights.”