Communications Minister, Faith Muthambi, says women have shown courage in pioneering economic emancipation in Southern Africa and beyond.
The Minister was speaking to women gathered at the Black Management Forum (BMF) Limpopo Women of Excellence Awards on Saturday, in Polokwane.
The awards took place as South Africa commemorates Women's Month and the 1956 march by women to the Union Buildings to protest against the apartheid pass laws.
"Fifty years later, we continue to enjoy the fruits of 1956 women resolve," said Minister Muthambi.
She said today South Africa was able to deploy powerful women to any part of the world to represent South Africa.
"We are all aware that 2010-2020 has been declared as the women's decade by the African Heads of State, to whom our own President is a signatory. It can therefore not be expected of these esteem leaders and their governments alone to make this declaration a reality," said Minister Muthambi.
She said South African women in all their respective environments and positions of power had the responsibility to ensure that they translate the women's decade declaration into action.
"The kind of action that will leave a lasting legacy for generations to come as we emulate the Women of 1954,"said Minister Muthambi.