As Women’s Month comes to an end I would like to share my thoughts. First of all, I am personally grateful for the struggle that was won by the stalwarts of the 1956 Women’s March. Women of substance and power like Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, Helen Joseph, Bertha Mashaba, Lillian Ngoyi, Dora Tamana, etc. It is their effort, zeal and determination that liberated and gave us voice in South Africa. Today women are able to ascend to great podia’s to express their views and opinions freely with no intimidation. Therefore, in 2016 we refuse any supremacy that will try to hinder freedom of identity in the African child. Our children need not be apologetic because of their African hair.
I also wish to salute the women of our time that are making a difference through skills and community development. These are women that are influential on critical policy making decisions in our country. These solid rocks are the ones that are creating conducive and favorable conditions for us that are following on their footsteps. I wish to challenge the women that are still looking down on other women. If only we could acknowledge the strength imbued to us by God and that when we put all our efforts together our lives can change; even those of people around us. May I also encourage women to know themselves; to know their worth and value. We are to love ourselves and trust ourselves.
Our communities can be better communities through our strength and influence. Let us celebrate the beauty of womanhood even beyond August that has been set aside for women. Let the lioness within you and I arise.