“Now you have touched the women, you have struck a rock”

On August 9th, 1956, approximately 20 000 women marched to Union Buildings in Pretoria in protest of the countries ‘pass’ laws that had been enforced by the apartheid government. These were women of different ages, races, backgrounds and walks of life. They were different in every way possible, except for one common belief. They would not stand for the injustices of an unjust government. After handing over a petition that had been signed by over 15 000 individuals, they stood silent for 30 minutes, before proceeding to sing in one voice; “Wathint’Abafazi Wathint’imbokodo!”
which translates; “Now you have touched the women, you have struck a rock”.

As women and citizens in South Africa, the strength of those brave women should corse through our veins everyday. We are a strong nation, who are capable of incredible things. This is the strength of a woman. So I guess my question is; why do we abandon our greatness for petty foolishness?
Every single day I watch modern woman who are intelligent, empowered and fierce succumb to silliness in their hatred of other women. Why do we hate on our fellow women so much? We hate her clothes, her makeup, her hair. She’s “trashy”, “loose”, “a slut”. We throw these words at other women like it’s the most casual thing, yet are ready to shut down a man that follows suit.
If there’s anything I’ve learnt as I open my eyes to the real world, it’s that when women stand together, insanely powerful things happen.
In light of all of this, I would like to raise a challenge. Starting today, aim to be a woman for women. Respect your fellow lady, cheer them on, help them out. Stand behind a woman struggling, share your strength. Accept the strength of your fellow woman in times of weakness. Be a woman other women can trust, can rely on, can turn to. And remember, a successful woman always has a tribe of loyal and honest women behind her. So surround yourself with those women, and more importantly, be one of those women.
Here’s to strong women. May we know them. May we raise them. May we be them.
Happy women’s day my South African Beauties!

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