The theme selected for this year’s woman’s day was “the angel in you”. Have you ever stopped for a while and thought that you are an angel? There are so many symbolic meanings to being called an angel. I had to sit down and ponder upon this expression: “you’re an angel”. The following came up:
These are some of the things that came to mind – you might be able to add to the list. Meditating on this I thought to myself: every woman living on earth is an angel in some way! Women are “angels” that give so much of themselves. They sacrifice themselves in order for their families and others to benefit. They protect when protection is needed. They share in the joy of the people around them. They are bearers of good news (with this I mean, they bring good news to tell their loved one’s about a new life to be born). Women are those angels without wings. They are there when you need them. Some of them are mothers: they encourage, motivate, and even discipline when it’s needed. Others are grandmothers: they love unconditionally and invest in their children and grandchildren’s lives. Some are woman in our communities looking after many orphans. Some angels lead in front and some leads behind the scenes and today I want to honor all these angels.
Angels fight for what is right. I must confess that this year while preparing for woman’s day I had to ask myself, why do we celebrate this day, what happened on this remarkable day. I had to go back and do my research on why the 9th of August celebrates women and not men. For those of you who don’t know why we celebrate, here is a piece that will remind you why we celebrate woman in this country:
“Inaugurated in 1994, along with a free, democratic South Africa, the public holiday commemorates a 1956 protest lead by Lilian Ngoyi, Helen Joseph, Albertina Sisulu and Sophia Williams-De Bruyn. To rise up against the legislation that required black South Africans to carry the “pass” (special identification documents which infringed on their freedom of movement during the Apartheid era), approximately 20 000 women from all over the country took to the streets of Pretoria – many carrying the children of their white bosses on their backs – to stage a peaceful march to the Union Buildings.
After dropping off bundles of petitions containing more than 100 000 signatures at Prime Minister J.G Strijdom’s offices, they stood in silence for thirty minutes. A song was composed in honour of this momentous occasion, “Wathint’ Abafazi Wathint’ imbokodo!” (Now you have touched the women, you have struck a rock).
An inspiring display of political strength, female solidarity and inner fortitude, the march on August 9 1956 is both a reminder of the great women who helped mold South Africa and the trailblazing women who continue to lead the country forward”. (Source: August 2016 http://www.capetownmagazine.com/public-holiday-womens-day)
Those women who marched to the Union Building were brave angels. They were brave enough to fight for justice and now we reap from their deeds. They fought for what was right. They thought of the future and as women they brought massive change to South-Africa. You, as an angel, what do you stand for or do you fall for everything coming your way? Are you moulding the future with other great angels? How do you lead? Are you influencing other woman in a positive way? Today I want to salute every grandmother, mother, auntie, sister, girl, who brings a positive change to this beautiful country of ours: South Africa.
I want to encourage all women to embrace the “angel” within them – to be an angel that encourages, motivates and builds up the next generation of women. Fight for what is right. Protect what is valuable to you. Be active in raising a next generation of angels to lead the same legacy.