Happy Women's Month - #WomenExalted
Every journey begins with just a single step; most are filled with joy and the promise of a safe arrival. There are however times when taking the first step requires untold sacrifice.
In June 1913 about 700 women marched to the Bloemfontein City Council in the Orange Free State in defiance of the pass system. The campaign led by Charlotte Maxeke soon gained momentum and spread to other areas in Bloemfontein. In the resulting unrest, which spread throughout the province, hundreds of women were sent to prison. The direct result of this campaign was the establishment of the Bantu Women's League under the leadership of Charlotte Maxeke.
These pioneering women stood up and confronted the status quo; their brave actions are undeniable proof that even the greatest tyranny can be defeated by the actions of just a few.
It is now over 100 years since these brave women began the journey for the empowerment and liberation of women. In this time a lot has changed, South Africa today bears little resemblance to our brutal past largely because of the untold sacrifices of women throughout our history.
As a country, we have made significant progress to ensure the empowerment of women and achieve gender equality. An array of measures introduced since 1994 to promote women empowerment and uphold gender equality, have drastically improved the position and conditions of women in our country.
That we have to a large extent succeeded in empowering women to take their rightful place in society is heartening. However, as we celebrate Women’s Month this August we do so in recognition that we must do more to ensure that women are firmly entrenched in every sphere.
#Hi tlangela n'wheti ya vamanana