On Sunday, 9 August, South Africa celebrates National Women’s Day, the purpose of which is to raise awareness of women’s equality. The first National Women's Day was celebrated in 1995. August has since been declared National Women’s Month. As we reflect on the last 20 years. Has anything changed? Reports suggest that eliminating violence against women is a prerequisite for gender equality and empowerment of women. Elimination of the gender disparity in education management is key to reducing the many dimensions of gender inequality.
Here are creative ways to get involved and make a difference during Women’s month:
- Wear something purple in honour of the suffragettes on Women's Day (9 August) and get together with your female friends to celebrate Women’s Day.
- Get in touch with your local domestic violence shelter group and offer life skills services.
- Start a feminist book club! Read books by female authors, mentors young school girls.
- Get involved with of Women’s networking groups such as Life line, ZAZI, Soul City Institute, SANAC Women’s Sector, RISE, Positive Women’s Network (PWN) and Caring4Girls.
- Sew simple cloth sanitary pads for girls who miss school due to lack of sanity pads.
- Encourage girls to join or start women empowerment clubs.
Educate our girls today, empower women of tomorrow.