Celebrating Women’s Month
As you know chomas, August is Women's Month. Women’s month is not just about celebrating being a women but also about celebrating women’s achievements and recognising the difference that women have made over the years.
It is also about highlighting women's rights and reminding women and girls of these rights. If you just look around you chomas, look at the news, in magazines, in movies, in music and perhaps even in your own community you might notice that more and more women are doing things that they were never allowed to do before. You see more and more women in politics and as bosses. You see more women in power. Although we have a really long way to go before we achieve equality between women and men in South Africa, Africa and the world, we can see a lot of progress.
If you're really young chomas, then you might not really know just how far women have come in changing society and helping change laws. For a long time women were not allowed to be in power and were not even allowed to decide what they did with their bodies.
Depending on where or how you live now chomas, it might be hard for you to imagine not being able to choose what you could do with your life and your body. But women have often been seen as the 'weaker' ones, belonging in the home, expected to raise children while men go out and work.
Of course women have been fighting this idea, working hard to prove that they are capable and deserve equal rights. The law has definitely stepped up, starting to recognise women as equal and putting laws in place to try and protect women from abuse and discrimination. Unfortunately, even though the law might try to recognise women as equals, people in society don’t always. Because so many women are being held back from getting a proper education, they may not even know that they have rights.
As a female, know that you have rights. You have the right to an education. You have the right to safety and security. You have the right to report any sort of abuse.
Being female in South Africa doesn't mean that you deserve to be taken advantage of. Knowledge is one of your greatest weapons chomas. If you ever find yourself in a situation where you feel uncomfortable or like you are being taken advantage of, do a bit of research (or ask some questions - you can even ask me) to find out more about what you can do in that situation and to find out more about your rights.
We may have a long way to go before achieving equality, but we have come a long way because of the effort women all around the world and throughout history have made. Don't feel like you can't contribute to making a change. Simply speaking up about your own situation is a step towards change.
Remember that you deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. You deserve equal opportunity in all aspects of society. Never forget this chomas!
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