EDITORIAL | Women, for the sake of your daughters, claim your space
The next generation needs leadership from women. Be one of them. If you can’t, elevate those who are worthy
Beautiful words are spoken every year around National Women’s Day. On how, in the spirit of the 20,000-plus women who took on the National Party government on August 9 1956, we need to celebrate the strides made by them since.
See, about four years before the march, the apartheid government introduced pass laws for black women — the proverbial slap in the face for the myriad women who, daily, had to make their way from townships to white suburbs to cook, clean and raise other mothers’ children or leave their own at the mercy of family members as “sleep-in nannies”.
It is difficult to put into words that feeling of having to explain your worth, your presence, to feel obligated to justify why you find yourself in a particular space. For those women and men who had to carry a permit to give them permission to enter, it must have eaten away at their dignity in huge, painful bites...