UNITED NATIONS, NEW YORK
A special Untied Nations Committee Against Apartheid held an "International Day of Solidarity with the Struggle of Women in South Africa and Namibia" on August 9 to express the international community's abhorrence of apartheid and to re-affirm its support for women's rights in Southern Africa.
UNITED NATIONS, NEW YORK
1. GV UN Building INTERIOR (MUTE) Delegates attending anti-apartheid conference 0.04
2. GV ZOOM INTO Vice-Chairman Vladimir Kravetz (USSR-Ukraine) in English (SOT) 0.25
3. SV Mrs. Coretta King (President of Martin Luther King, Jr. Centre for Non-Violent Social Change) speaking (SOT) (2 shots) 1.15
4. SV Ms. Lindiwe Mabuza (African National Congress of S. Africa) posters of anti-apartheid, pro-women committee (SOT) (4 shots) 2.19
5. SV Ms Eleen Musialela (S.W. Africa People's Organisation) (SOT) 2.42
6. SV ZOOM OUT TO GV Vice-Chairman Vladimir Kravetz calls for minute of silence in commemoration of African women who lost their lives in South Africa and Namibia 3.14
SPEECH TRANSCRIPT (SEQ. 2):
KRAVETZ: "Since 1982, we have been sending delegations of prominent women leaders from South Africa and certain member states omissions to several member states to seek financial, material and other assistance for South African women."
MRS KING: "Today we call on women of compassion and conviction in every nation on earth to declare their unshakable solidarity with the courageous women of Southern Africa. It is a day to stand firm with our sisters in Namibia and South Africa who have paid the highest price in the struggle against apartheid on the planet. And it is a day to pay tribute to the remarkable strength and resilience of the women like Charlotte (indistinct) and Winnie Mandela and so many others."
MABUZA: "In this year of the South African woman, we urge our sisters and friends in Africa and the entire world to support us by demanding the unconditional release of all political prisoners in South Africa, by demanding that captured freedom fitters be granted prisoner-of-war status in accordance with the relevant Geneva Convention that covered the armed conflict in which people are fighting against foreign and racist regimes in exercise of their inalienable rights to self-determination of the United Nations comprehensive and mandatory sanctions against apartheid in South Africa, by intensifying boycotts in the cultural and sports fields, by mobilising to show effective implementation of the arms embargo against racist South Africa, by intensifying material and diplomatic support for the independent African states neighbouring South Africa."
MUSIALELA: "We appeal for comprehensive support for our refugee programmes. We appeal to the women of the United States to beg the Reagan Administration to drop its immoral stand of linking of fundamental rights of the Namibian people with the extraneous issue of the withdrawal of Cuban troops from Angola."
KRAVETZ: "I would now like to call on all those assembled here to stand and observe a moment of silence in honour of the gallant women who have sacrificed their lives for the freedom of the country."
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Background: UNITED NATIONS, NEW YORK
A special Untied Nations Committee Against Apartheid held an "International Day of Solidarity with the Struggle of Women in South Africa and Namibia" on August 9 to express the international community's abhorrence of apartheid and to re-affirm its support for women's rights in Southern Africa. Conference Vice Chairman Vladimir Kravetz of the Ukraine opened the session by announcing that financial aid and material assistance had been sought for Southern African women since 1982. In her speech, U.S. delegate Mrs. Coretta King, President of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Centre for Non-Violent Social Change, called upon "women of compassion and conviction in every nation on earth" to demonstrate their solidarity with the "women of Southern Africa", such as the "courageous" Winnie Mandela, wife of imprisoned black leader Nelson Mandela. Mrs. King's talk was followed by an impassioned plea by Miss Lindiwe Mabuza of the African National Congress demanding the support of women everywhere to secure the release of all political prisoners in South Africa, and by treating all captured "freedom fighters" as prisoners of war. Miss Mabuza also called for intensification of present boycotts against South Africa and for increased military and economic assistance for the so-called "front line" African states bordering South Africa. Speaking on behalf of the South West African People's Organisation (SWAPO), Miss Ellen Musialela added her voice to those demanding that the Reagan administration in Washington stop commercial dealings with the South African government and lend its authority to the struggle for women's rights in the region.
Source: UNITED NATIONS TELEVISION (UNTV)