Today is National Women’s Day in South Africa, and this post goes out to all the Women of South Africa to wish you a very ✨Happy Women’s Day!✨
Wherever you are today, and whatever you are doing, we wish you a day of Love & Happiness and hope that you are being treated like a Queen by your Loved Ones.
To those of you who are sad, stressed, ill or otherwise not in the frame of mind or space to celebrate Women’s Day we send out ✨Blessings of Peace, Love & Light!✨
This National Women’s Day marks the 60th anniversary of the great Women’s March of 1956, where on 9 August 1956, about 20 000 women from all walks of life marched to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to protest against legislation aimed at tightening the apartheid government’s control over the movement of black women in urban areas by making them also carry “passes” like black men had to.
Great strides have been made since then to improve the status of women in South Africa, especially post 1994, with women taking up leadership positions in areas previously dominated by men, including both business and political. The National Policy Framework for Women Empowerment and Gender Equality was approved by Cabinet in 2000 and this was followed by a dedicated Ministry for Women in the Presidency.
Women’s month and Women’s Day is a tribute not only to the thousands of women who marched on that day in 1956, but also a tribute to the pioneers of the women’s movement in this country, dating back to 1913, when women like Charlotte Maxeke led the way in establishing the ANC Women’s League and encouraging women to engage in the struggle for freedom.
Since then, women from all walks of life have fought for equality for all women in South Africa, and yes, we have come far, but we still have very far to go. While we do have more rights, and “equal rights for all” is enshrined in the South African Constitution, the reality at ground-level is far from great.
Unfortunately, we are still living in a pretty-much patriarchal society where:
- Women still earn less than men for the same job;
- Girl-children are thought of as being less important;
- Crime is still rife;
- Corrupt politicians and business leaders control everything;
- Women are not respected and are expected to bow down to the will of MAN;
- Men can insult and assault women with seeming impunity;
- There is a Culture of Rape (but don’t dare say so or you will be sanctioned);
- A Grade 10 Life Orientation textbook basically justifies rape (and calls it sexual intercourse) by perpetuating victim-blaming.
- Females from infants of a mere few months old through to Gogos in their 90s are viciously assaulted and raped, and often murdered.
So, after witnessing the actions of the presidential security team against four peaceful female protesters against rape this past week; after listening to the hypocrisy of women in leadership when the president of the ruling party’s Women’s League deflected attention from a silent protest about rape and rather politicising it; when hearing how our “leaders” treat and speak to and about women; when there are still so many women in South Africa suffering indignities every day of their lives… WHAT are we actually celebrating when we celebrate National Women’s Day?
DO you celebrate Women’s Day? I DON’T and I will not until women not only have equality in the eyes of the law but in the eyes of every citizen of this country; not until women get better protection from the courts against those who commit violence against them; not until women are given the respect due to them; not until women can walk around freely without fearing being attacked for men’s sexual pleasures; not until lesbians can live openly and freely and without fear of being mocked, attacked and gang-raped; not until a woman can walk down any road without fear of being attacked because of the way she is dressed because it goes against someone’s customs; not until women are TRULY FREE!!
NO, I do not celebrate National Women’s Day, but I DO celebrate the female activists that are doing their best to make sure that women are safe; that perpetrators are brought to book no matter who they are; that women are TRULY FREE and EQUAL in South Africa and are treated as such.
NO, I do not celebrate National Women’s Day, but I do celebrate every strong woman in South Africa and dedicate the following poem to them:
The Super African Woman That I Am
I am what i am, woman, soul, spirited
I am fearfully and wonderfully created
I am what no man can do without
I am meant to deliver with no doubt
I am behind every successful man
I am what was created out of a rib of a man
I am what I instill today in the future tomorrow
I am that feels the pain others will never feel
I am that bleeds without getting hurt
I am emotional and fragile i easily get hurt
I am that heals by my words and understanding
I am the producer of fine product
I am who’s character is reflected in my conduct
I am the one with my hands open wide for the weak
I am what every child seeks
I am a mentor and role model for many
I am not imaginary
I am strong even when left alone
I am never weak forever
I am the super diva
I am unstoppable
I am capable of doing the impossible
I am self-sufficient
I am self indulgent
I am young and sophisticated in my own way
I am with the semblance of a new day
I hold my head high when its supposed to hang low
I am beautiful, i am joyful
I am the perfect imperfect
I am mistreated, misunderstood and mistaken
I am underestimated and often shaken
I can’t be outrun or outmatched
In being everything that i am
I am what i am, soul and spirited African Woman
~ Abigail Sikwenda ~
I am busy ghost-writing an e-book about Bingo currently and today one of the chapters that I wrote was regarding the influence of numerology on bingo. Being a Spiritual person, I find numerology, symbology, superstition, rituals and that type of thing very interesting. This is the part of writing that I love, when I get to do research and write about subjects that really interest me.
The numerology chapter led me to do extra research on some very specific numerology systems that are in use today (some of which have been around since forever), and the importance of “Master Numbers” in spirituality, astrology and various other aspects of life.
Do you believe in numerology? Are you interested in what the letters of your name and birth date say about you, your personality and life, or don’t you believe in that kind of thing? Do you have any specific numbers that you feel are your lucky numbers, or unlucky for you? Are you a logical person, a highly superstitious one or do you just have a natural curiosity about things?
Funnily enough, I took a break from writing for a few hours this afternoon and relaxed in the bath with a nice cup of coffee and watched a DVD on my laptop…. My way of switching the brain off and re-energising for the next session of being creative 😉
The movie I chose, very coincidentally, was “The Number 23” which is a psychological thriller about a man who is given a book of the same title by his wife for his birthday and subsequently becomes obsessed with the number. The film itself is not one of Jim Carrey’s usual enjoyable ones – not that his acting was that bad, but in that the storyline is not that thriller `ish` and doesn’t really hit the mark with the general audience, I don’t think.
The idea of “The Number 23” was good, and there are many auspicious facts that can be worked into the number, quite believably, but I think they tried too hard and in the overkill totally destroyed any vestige of integrity and believability it may have had at the beginning. Just for fun, here are some of the simpatico dates and occurrences:
- Each parent contributes 23 chromosomes to the DNA of a child.
- It takes 23 seconds for blood to circulate throughout the entire body.
- In humans, the 23rd chromosome determines gender.
- Julius Caesar was stabbed 23 times when he was assassinated.
- Earth’s axis is off by 23.5 degrees
- The Knights Templar had 23 Grand Masters.
- The Titanic sank the morning of April 15th, 1912 (4 + 1 + 5 + 1 + 9 + 1 + 2 = 23)
- The Mayans believed the world will end on December 23, 2012 (20 + 1 + 2 = 23) [What the date actually foretold was totally misrepresented, but that is another subject entirely]
So, are you spooked yet? Are you looking where 23 occurs in your life? … careful now or the number 23 will come after you…
For me, having just spent numerous hours researching numerology and its significance (or lack thereof) to science, the tarot and occultism, faith, healing, magick, and gaming… I was coming from a different place entirely. This of course got me thinking about how easy it is to get obsessed with something and to then convince oneself that we are completely sane and why can everyone else not see what we can see?
I will do some posts about Numerology, Sacred Geometry, Symbolism and more as time goes by and I get more time to write for fun….
This day got me taking stock of what beliefs and superstitions I may have and what I consider lucky for me. I am quite into symbology and do have certain symbols to which I have always felt drawn, 5, 7 and 11 are kinda my lucky numbers, not that I can really remember them ever BEING lucky in a significant way, but they are like old friends ~ in the comfort zone. I am not superstitious; too much of a logical thinker for that.
What about you? what are your
Well…. tired now and need to get some rest so seeya all later.Namaste LightSpirit