BAT CENTRE’S SEMINAR BRINGS EXCPETIONAL WOMEN TOGETHER
By: Londiwe Gumede
The BAT Centre in collaboration with The Institute of Afrikology, held a seminar as a part of celebrating women’s month this weekend.
The Institute of Afrikology hosted a similar seminar for men the weekend before, where the discussion topic was Woman-centricism.
The guest speaker appropriately bore the same name as the legendary Yaa Ashantewaa, a woman who led the War of the Golden Stool against the British colonialism, in Ghana.
The women’s event was held to pay respect and to show love to African women. The seminar was to educate on what women can do and accomplish if they stand together.
Ashantewaa talked about respect and Ubuntu. She related these principles as “Umphako” which she described as values that one’s parents has instilled in them.
Young black women were informed about the different practices that happen around the world but relate to Africa.
Monica Reyes from Mexico said, “In our country we refer to the moon as our mother.”
Amongst the speakers was the renowned Ronnie Kasrils, who talked about loving each other.
“Respect others of any colour, gender, religion. That is called humanism,” Kasrils said.
He also touched on what is happening in Gaza and he described it as “Zionism,” relating it to Apartheid.
Gcina Mhlophe, a strong African woman who is a world famous poet and story teller, talked about the different “Umphakos” that were instilled in her as she was growing and when she was leaving home to make a name for herself in Johannesburg.
Menzi Maseko, one of the event organisers added that women hold up half the sky.
After the intense lecture about African women and the legacy that they leave, the event was closed off by melodious songs from Nonsindiso Mkhwanazi and heartfelt poems from Khanyisile Shusha and Felicia iNyanda yeZulu.