As we celebrate National Women’s day, my hope for South African women is that we would rise up to who we truly are.  That as we see another woman navigate life, we become that helping hand in any capacity that we can – and not break them down. As women, I wish that we would realise the power in collaboration and not feel intimidated by the success of another, but instead search for lessons in their journey that we too can use to build ourselves up.

As South African women, I wish that we would begin to have conversations that bring to light the many adversities we face, as well as brainstorm on actionable ways to carry us all forward.

My wish for South African women is that we would search each of our childhood traumas and prioritise healing. Without healing, we will not be able to fully tap into all that we are capable of being and doing in and for this world. I wish that we would respect ourselves, and carry ourselves as the queens that we are. I wish that we would use the resources that are at our disposal to educate and empower ourselves. No opportunity for growth is beneath us!

I wish that we would begin to set boundaries that enable us to lead a happy,healthier and more productive life. I wish that every woman would begin to imagine and dream again, and of course lead an authentic life! I wish that every woman would prioritise investing in their personal development and lean toward taking a holistic approach at growing and developing into the woman they have always, or have just begun to imagine themselves to be.

It is time. It’s time we begin to show up for and protect each other in places and spaces, and in  ways that matter the most!

Press Release:

Google Arts & Culture is joining The Nelson Mandela Foundation to launch the online exhibition ‘Voices of Empowerment: 24 South African Women.’ The exhibition highlights 24 women, including activist Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, athlete Caster Semenya and humanitarian Graça Machel, who have helped elevate the status of women in South African society. The goal of the online exhibition is to help South African women regain their voices and retell their stories by amplifying the voices of South African women and their continued fight for equality and justice.

Click HERE to visit the the online exhibition ‘Voices of Empowerment: 24 South African Women.’ that highlights 24 phenomenal South African women and peak into their life stories and achievements.

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