If you strike a woman, you strike a rock

During the month of August, South Africans applaud the courageous women who contributed towards a free and better South Africa.


Lyrics from “Wathint’ Abafazi Wathint’ imbokodo!” a song composed in honour of the 1956 peaceful march.

On 9 August 1956, the apartheid regime witnessed a peaceful sense of power that resonates within women. These innate characteristics of strength and solidarity are visible in the leaders of today.

Equality boundaries between men and women are becoming more opaque. Increasingly, women are proving their worth in different spheres of life. Consider Miriam Makeba who formed part of South Africa’s struggle, Africa’s first female president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia; and Wangari Maathai – activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner from Kenya.

South Africans commemorate Lilian Ngoyi, Helen Joseph, Albertina Sisulu and Sophia Williams-De Bruyn; who lead the peaceful march to the Union Buildings. Can you imagine protesting as they did – with children on their backs?

Now more than ever, women deserve our respect for the roles that they continue to play. It is an exciting time for women on the international world stage too.

Young men and women are exposed to endless prospects as women continue to lead from the front. Nothing is beyond their mindsets.

Change your mind and you will change the world. In line with this year’s women’s month theme: let us work together to enhance women’s opportunities to economic empowerment.

Image source: http://www.phutu.co.za

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