In the olden days, particularly in our African culture, a woman’s contribution towards her family or household economy was not anything to be encouraged. “A woman’s place is in the kitchen; barefooted” so they said. The role of a woman would be to bare children, cook and attend to her husband’s needs; who was most of the time absent and working in the mines for his family. She had to encamp around her in-laws with less opinion, if any. If she were to go against the ideologies of that society in which she was socialised, then she would be ostracised. The morale of women was then left desolate.
As knowledge and light increased in our African society, it has been of great importance to find strategies to inculcate value and worth in this strong, wise yet tender-hearted wonderful creature. Yes we bare children, yes we submit to our spouses, yes we please our in-laws and yet we command respect & honour. In this modern era we need to realise the prominence of women, but most importantly women need to comprehend their value.
As a young black woman I am calling on all women to confront the past limitations and face the world head-on. Make the world your oyster of success. God has imbued within you the strength of a lioness. The ability to accomplish greatness is within each and every woman. However, this does not encourage any amount of arrogance and disregard for fellow human race. On the contrary I wish to inspire assertiveness in humility.