“Now that you have touched the women, you have struck a rock”
Tomorrow marks a remarkable day in South African history. It is that time of year again, where we celebrate National Women’s Day on the 9th of August. Although we celebrate women of all ages and walks of life, we should not lose sight of the origin of this celebration.
In 1956 on the 9th of August, 50 000 women marched to the Union Buildings in Pretoria, delivering petitions with over 100 000 signatures. These brave women were protesting the pass laws that restricted people who were defined as “black”. They were restricted in terms of where they could live, work and travel.
These women stood proud and strong in front of the Union Buildings and sang a song “Wathint’ Abafazi Wathint’ imbokoda!” which meant “Now that you have touched the women, you have struck a rock”. In South Africa, that phrase became a significant representation of a woman’s strength and courage.
All over the world there are mothers, daughters, grandmothers and sisters that demonstrate, on a daily basis, the true beauty and strength of a woman’s soul. As a woman myself, I do not like to be referred to as a person who is delicate, to be objectified or be seen as the weaker sex of the human race.
As women, we are strong in terms of our inner selves. We have the capability to persevere through extreme pain and hardship. Even in light of injustice, we do not bow our heads or falter, but stand strong as a company of women. We know compassion, we know love, and we know hope.
We are not inferior to men. But we are also not superior to them. We are equals and each of us have different qualities to offer this world. As women, we should realise our strength, our unique worth, and show our courage to the world.
We are bold, confident, strong, feminine, vibrant, gracious, bodacious and beautiful. We have great value to offer this world. If 50 000 women can march to the Union Buildings and stand up for what they believed in, imagine what 27 million women can do!
“You are more powerful than you know; you are beautiful just as you are.”
— Melissa Etheridge
To all the women of College SA and to all our readers, I truly wish that you will realise your worth and share it with the world. Hope you have a wonderful Women’s Day!
As. you. are.
Stronger than you know.
More beautiful than you think.
Worthier than you believe.
More loved than you can ever imagine.
Passionate about making a difference.
Fiery when protecting those you love.
Learning. Growing. Not alone.
Warm. Giving. Generous.
Quirky. Sexy. Funny. Smart.
Flawed. Whole. Scared. Brave.
And so, so, so.much.more.
Be Strong. Be Confident. Be You.
“Copyright: Tia Sparkles Singh, 2011
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