National Women’s Day is a South African public holiday celebrated annually on 9 August. The day commemorates the 1956 march of approximately 20 000 women to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to petition against the country’s pass laws that required South Africans defined as “black” under The Population Registration Act to carry an internal passport, known as a pass, that served to maintain population segregation, control urbanisation, and manage migrant labour during the apartheid era. The first National Women’s Day was celebrated on 9 August 1994. In 2006, a re-enactment of the march was staged for its 50th anniversary, with many of the 1956 march veterans.
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As a country and nation we have come leaps and bounds, An African country that displays first world buildings and attitudes. We have surpassed the rest of Africa with our infrastructure.
Many of our fellow African brothers and sisters long to settle in South Africa for a better life, away from terrorism and the daily warfare they experience in their own countries.
Has the struggle been worth it for everyone, it seems not, with the rising violent crimes and rate of unemployment amongst young people and on the reverse of that retirement is more of a burden than something to look forward to. As a nation it seems we are destroying each other opposed to elevating each other. Male and females alike, our own selfishness often takes over, it’s always a case of “what’s in it for me.” How can we stop being selfish? I certainly don’t have the answers, that’s something for each of us to look for within ourselves.
We once stood together and fought for equality, and fairness, we overcame slavery and apartheid, why can’t we continue to stand together, the revolution is different this time, we know that! It’s for peace, love and the safety of our future generation. This time let’s fight to sustain the values of humanity, the values that inspired Nelson Mandel, Ghandi and Malcom X ( to name a few) to fight for humanity, we have freedom because of them, only now we confine ourselves by our own chains, chains of hate, chains of the seven deadly sins! Let’s celebrate each other! Celebrate the positive, instead of thriving on the negative.
Women, love your family, love your husband, inspire him and motivate him. Hug your children in their moments of anger. Love your sisters, blood or not, love your brothers, and more important love yourself, don’t allow the enemy to take away the light our creator has instilled into you at birth. We are blessed with the gift to birth a nation of strong men and women.
Men, honor your women, carry her on your shoulders through your loyalty and love for her. Embrace her with your strength and the knowledge that a women has endured the pain and pleasure of birthing you to life. Protect our children.
Children, to my own and the millions of children out there , know that you are not in this world by accident, you are chosen, you are loved, you were created in what might seems like an ordinary world to be extraordinary! Keep moving forward
This is merely my interpretation of events, perhaps you have your own. #lifeisforliving