On the 9th of August 1956, South African women staged a march to the Union Building to petition the pass laws discriminating against black women, and perhaps unknowingly working towards a female powered future. Heroines across the country joined forces, stood in unity with a mission to demolish limitations set by apartheid laws and decided that it was time for the leadership’s self-sabotage approach of limiting women to end and raise the bar for all to be heard in one voice.
“Changing things that do not build women’s power, dignity and legacy is part of our calling even if it’s the last thing we do.”
As women today we have an open door to become all we can. Yes, unlawful treatment and unreasonable expectations against us will keep rising in various forms in attempts to silence our movement and voice but we have to keep in mind that we’re more than competent and empowered to stand in unity, woman-for-woman. Changing things that do not build women’s power, dignity and legacy is part of our calling even if it’s the last thing we do on this earth. It’s our right to forward a baton left for us by heroines that came before us, make our difference and pass it on to upcoming generations so the drill can continue.
“We need to reach a point of transition from crying about discrimination and searching for validation to focusing on being unapologetic.”
We have the responsibility to amplify petitions of women’s liberation and empowerment the best we can be. Teach and preach words that’ll mainstream the gender agendas in the systems set for future generations to come. We need to reach a point of transition from crying about discrimination and searching for validation to focusing on being unapologetic about our journeys, stories, and responsibilities.
It’ll take time before things fully turn around but we’ve got the spirit and faith. In the meantime, we can appreciate the acknowledgements, celebrate the continuous progress to maximize platforms and opportunities regarding women empowerment. Individually and united we must uplift each other while leading by example as women, and working towards a female powered future.
“Together, hand in hand, with our marches and our necklaces, we shall liberate this country.” – Winnie Madikizela Mandela