Being a woman in 2020
This year marks 64 years since the Women’s March to the Union Building took place against the apartheid pass laws for black women in 1956.
Now in 2020 women still remain the most vulnerable and impoverished in society facing even greater struggles from gender based violence, under representation of women in leadership and managerial positions.
Nosipho Gwala is a 25-year-old architect who firmly believes that the female voice needs to dominate and have a seat at the table in order to breach the gaps.
“As women we are more than just mothers and home builders, we live in different times where we can become anything that we aspire to be, being in a male dominated industry has forced me to own my voice and be unapologetic about it,” said Gwala.
Khanyo Hadebe is a living testament that girls really run the world, as a stay at home mom of three who was not able to complete her diploma in food nutrition due financial exclusion did not let that be her final destination.
“Being a mom motivated me to rise up to give my children the best version of myself, in 2017 I started my catering company even though in the beginning I encountered a few challenges, but I would never change it for anything. I love being an independent woman, I also have dreams of opening up my own restaurant one day in Cape Town, said Hadebe.
I want to show the next generation of women that it’s possible, added Gwala.