African National Congress Women's League

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African National Congress
Women's League
President Bathabile Dlamini
Secretary-General Meokgo Matuba
Founded 1931 (1931)
Headquarters Luthuli House
54 Sauer Street

The African National Congress Women's League is the women's wing of the African National Congress (ANC). It was founded in 1931 as the Bantu Women's League,[1] with Charlotte Maxeke as its first president. It was integrated into the ANC during the period from 1943, when women were first admitted as members of the ANC, to 1948, when the ANCWL was officially founded. It participated with the Federation of South African Women in protests against the apartheid-era government, such as the 1952 Defiance Campaign and the Women's March of 9 August 1956. In 1956, Lilian Ngoyi became the first elected female member of the ANC National Executive Committee. In 1960 the organization was banned along with the ANC forcing its central leaders underground; it was unbanned in 1990 when the ANC was likewise unbanned.[2]

The League's current president is Bathabile Dlamini.

Among the activists and politicians who were allied with the ANC during the apartheid years are:


The ANC Women's League has been criticised for failing to take up women's issues in recent years.[3]


  1. ^ Rubert, Steven C.; Rasmussen, R. Kent (2001). Historical Dictionary of Zimbabwe. Lanham, MD: The Scarecrow Press, Inc. p. 27. ISBN 0810834715.
  2. ^ Anonymous. "ANC Women's League (ANCWL)". Retrieved 2015-12-05.
  3. ^ Will the real ANC Women’s League stand up? Sisonke Msimang, Business Day, 2 September 2011

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