This year marks 64 years since the brave women of South Africa marched to the Union Building in Pretoria to fight against the injustices of the apartheid system. These women fought against the usage of ”Dompases” and the violation of basic human rights. 20,000 of those women including struggle stalwart Lillian ngoyi among others. They walked and raised their voices against the system and the sounds of their voices are still echoing to date.
Today the women of South Africa are fighting different battles,Women of this country are living in fears, they fear expressing their rights,they fear to fall in love, they fear walking solo at anytime of the day,they fear wearing what makes them feel comfortable, they fear taking taxis as each day they stand a greater chance of becoming victims and statistics of Gender-based violence. Gender-based violence is one of the outstanding issues in the country, every year women are either raped, beaten or murdered. According to the Women’s Danger Index ,South Africa is rated the most dangerous place for a woman to travel solo and the worst country for violence against women. In 2019 and the first quarter of 2020 more than 2,695 women were murdered which indicates that a woman is murdered every 3 hours in South Africa. This is based on reported cases only. The #AmInext movement made waves in South Africa as more women particularly young women were becoming victims at the hands of their “loved ones”
Most women across the country are celebrating women’s month in a different way this year, using this day to raise awareness about the issues faced by women in South Africa.
Wiggletunes Editor took to the streets to ask questions to the Men and women living in the South Africa about issues faced by women today.
Below are the questions and responses given by the people on the pictures.
Question to Women: HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT BEING A WOMAN LIVING IN THE NEW AGE SOUTH AFRICA?
Vangile: “For the first time in life,we know not what tomorrow has in store for us,as a girl child I continue to to live in fear ,asking myself everyday if I am next. Socio-economic issues are increasing and in these trying times..it feels like we’re on a standstill but we continue to hope for the best”
Jubilee: “I feel bad because there is gender-based violence,Coronavirus and unemployment. What’s painful is the fact that some women are not going to church and work because of comorbidities, age restriction as they must abide to lockdown regulations however I am going to today church to celebrate my woman’s day on behalf of those who are unable.”
Zubbeidah: “Being a black woman living in South Africa is a scam! From business to social and politics. Being a woman must be the hardest thing I’ve ever done…On the business and political side men feel like we need an invitation to do business and we should sit where they can see us and just wave and smile like the old saying “children should not be heard but seen”
Tsepiso: ‘Being a woman is the greatest superpower God blessed me with. Its like a weapon in a way, whatever comes its like I know I’ll conquer because I am blessed with burning strength that lives inside a woman! But what I fear the most about being a woman living in South Africa is the conditions that actually all women are exposed to, we live in times where men think they own us. We live everyday fearing for our lives its like our existence pauses a threat to their manhood.And I believe that certain resources should be put in place to give a specific approach to cases of Gender-based violence and all factors affecting women.As a mother This gives raises question if I should raise my daughter in this country.”
Linda: “What I fear the most about being a woman living in South Africa is the issues of GBV that has been happening to women around South Africa. Women are violated and the Government is not doing much to help us and its not nice living in fear,there is nothing I love about being a woman living in South Africa, Actually I want to relocate to Dubai”
Question for Men: AS A MAN WHAT MEASURES ARE YOU TAKING TO MAKE SURE THAT WOMEN OF SOUTH AFRICA ARE SAFE?
Sir Cliff: “To ensure the safety of women we need to change the narrative of men being superior than other genders and teach young men tolerance and kindness, so what I’ve done was to create a program that teaches young men and women values of humility and humanity”
Ifistos: “I personally vowed to myself to never victimize women and no unjust will be done to any woman under my watch!”
Celani: ” As a family man I’ve invested in small things like locking the doors at night and not allow my woman to travel at night”
Xolani: ” This issue is gonna be solved through empowering a boy child,hence I am still part of the Mr Mpumalanga team,we dealing with issues affecting a boy child and filling the missing gaps by being there for them”