Open letter to South Africa’s students‚ universities and government‚ represented by Minister in the .
Tomorrow is the day of imbokodo, the bedrock of the nation. Women's Day commemorates the determination of women countrywide to defy the unjust oppressive laws of the apartheid government.
It has grown to mean more to our fledgling nation. It is in honour of the women who above all odds soldier on to develop the nation, nurture its people and bring forth future generations.
The government has enacted laws to raise the status of women to that of men. Women have achieved equality and can rise to any position in the state.
That said, women are still oppressed in our patriarchal society. Centuries of traditional and cultural suppression have lowered women's self-esteem and many are unable to grasp the chances they have been given legally.
The state has done its part, it is now up to women to help one another to claim their rightful place. Current sociological thinking says that women have to include men in their fight for equality.
We do applaud the men who try to advance women's rights but the women themselves have to take the knife and forge their own destiny.
Our young nation needs each and everyone of us, men and women, to work together to build a strong nation that will protect its young, respect its women and admire its men.
Happy Women's Day Inzalabantu to the women of the nation.