“I would like to convey my best wishes to all women of South Africa on this special day,” says Kaizer Chiefs Marketing Director Jessica Motaung. “Women’s Day is a day that we as ladies should enjoy. We should embrace being who we are as well and the role we play in the society.”
Women’s Day is celebrated annually on 9 August in South Africa.
“It was strong women such as Lilian Ngoyi, Helen Joseph, Sophia de Bruyn, Albertina Sisulu, Rahima Moosa and 20 000 others, who in 1956 said enough is enough to the apartheid government,” adds Motaung.
These 20 000 women marched to the Union Buildings in Pretoria in protest of the government requiring them to they carry the ‘dompas’ as part of the pass law.
“It is in this spirit that we as women of today should once again say violence against women must stop now! We must call on the government to do more to stop these monsters who kill women, who abuse women – women have every right to feel safe in this country and the world,” Motaung says.
“We truly believe that if we unite and work with the many men who are against this abuse, we can bring all this violence to an end. We’ve done this in the past against a repressive system and can do it again.”
In recognition of the role women play in our society, August is declared Women’s Month. The month is full of activations, talks and events which celebrate women and encourage women.
“We have been given another challenge this year that is the coronavirus and we are not able to do what we normally do to recognise strong women in our societies and encourage others,” Motaung continues. “This virus has affected many people in the country and we need to ensure we do our best to help reduce the infection rate and eventually eradicate this epidemic.
“Let’s work together as a society and deal with all the ills in our society to help build a stronger nation that’s free of corruption and crime.
“Young women of today need to draw inspiration from the likes of Dr Ruth Mompati, who was one of the organisers and leaders of the anti-pass law march on 9 August 1956, and her generation, who stood the test of time and triumphed even when the circumstances didn’t allow them to.
“Always remember that when you strike a woman, you strike a rock!”