National Women's Day
On Women’s Day, we celebrate the 20 000 plus, brave women who marched to the Union Buildings in Pretoria in 1956. They stood up against the country’s unjust laws, fearlessly demanding their voices be heard.
Almost 40 years after the march, National Women’s Day was declared a public holiday. South African citizens celebrate the phenomenal women inspiring us daily.
As we reflect on their undeniable contribution to society, a reminder of how they have fought for justice, equality, and the overall betterment of society, we should also remember that these are still current affairs they face.
Let us join them on the frontlines, aiding in the fight for change, and change against Gender-Based stereotypes, violence, discrimination, and inequality. We should follow their lead to inspire others, see a need where needed, and teach women to speak up against issues that promote inequality and GBV (Gender Based Violence).
The history books are laden with women that were and still are the driving force in changing the course of history. Some of these women have excelled in fields such as chemistry, humanitarian work, literature, and peace, where they reached the ultimate commendation by winning Nobel Peace Prizes. Ever evolving, adapting, and learning more, they can help others in need, inspiring change in their local communities and uplifting those in need.
Women Pioneers and trailblazers still keep pushing boundaries and keep paving the way for the future generation of South Africa. Traditionally male-dominated fields, women have made headway with their expertise in politics, business, science, technology, arts and entertainment, and social activism. Exemplary women such as Dr. Tsiamo Sigwele, a microbiologist, and Sho Madjozi contributed to music, as well as Major Mandisa Mfeka, the first Black female fighter pilot in the South African Airforce in 2012 at the age of 27. These inspirational women are but a few in a crowd of South African women working tirelessly to change the views and perspectives of the many still struggling with sharing the reigns in the workforce and at home.
Let us honor their legacy by mentoring and guiding our younger generation to navigate challenges and reach their full potential.
“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”