CELEBRATING WOMEN IN UNIFORM
*Caption: Women in uniform dancing after their parade
Written by: Nqobile Msomi
The Metro Police, South African Defense Force, South African Police Services, Correctional Services Department and the eThekwini Fire Department joined forces to host the Women in Uniform parade on Thursday.
The parade was followed by speeches held at the DLI Hall at the Greyville Racecourse. Amongst attendees was First Lady Bongekile Zuma and Princess Zandile Ndwandwe amongst other guests.
Speeches were aimed at empowering the women in attendance.
Zuma delivered the keynote address where she congratulated and encouraged women in working in male-dominated careers.
“Indeed we have a lot more to do across sectors of society,” said Zuma. “The women gathered here today are from a sector that is predominantly male dominated up to this date. Is there an uneasiness about a new reality where women are at the forefront or is it the reality of women remaining in the case of being second-class citizens, with little or no, say about their plight and their future..
Ndwandwe also shared similar sentiments as Zuma talking about the plight of women.
“We are forever being pulled down and criticized specially with the nature of jobs they are doing,” said Ndwandwe. “I need to motivate you especially in the nature of the jobs you are doing, it is appreciated it is valued.”
“As a woman I have gone through numerous challenges,” she added. “When I compare myself to my male counterparts for an example, there was a point where I applied for a job thinking I would get it but I didn’t and a male was appointed. I also happen to be married to a priest and people said to me that was challenging my husband, I was trying to compete with my husband.”
Women in uniform appeared to have enjoyed being celebrated; something that some wish their value would be realized every day of the year.