AGENDA AND KZNCSOC CELEBRATE WOMEN EMPOWERMENT
*Caption (centered left to right) – Jenny Boyce next to a participant and Monica Woodhouse.
Written by: Nqobile Msomi
The KZNCSOC (KwaZulu-Natal Coalition) along with Agenda hosted a pampering session for women in light of women’s month called Celebrate You.
The event not only had a pampering session for the guests, but it also included nurses from Sparkport Pharmacy that gave free tests for high blood and diabetes, along with a session with a psychologist.
Key speakers included Monica Woodhouse, Executive Founder of Give a Child a Family, Jenny Boyce an AIDS activist, and Khanyisa Booi connections leader of Activate and voted one of Mail & Guardian’s top 200 Young South Africans of 2014.
Woodhouse is also part of the KZNCSOC which is a coalotion of 137 organisations of civil society who want to make a difference in KZN.
“When we look back to 1956 and 20 000 women that marched to the union buildings, it really flaws me about the strength of a woman and how women have really made such a difference in our society and in South Africa. So let’s not forget that we also have a strong voice,” said Woodhouse.
Boyce questioned what women were doing in this society that would shift and change society like the women of 1956.
“It took four young women at the end of the local government elections to call us out. In that moment we remembered Khwezi, in that moment we remembered Anene Booysen, in that moment I remembered the women in my own community that had been killed by their husbands. So as we celebrate Women’s Month, part of our celebration must be part of standing up for women’s rights,” stated Boyce.
Booi shared the same sentiments about the four women that reminded us about Khwezi.
“There has to be a voice, a series of voices that stands up and says it’s not right. Those four girls said we remember Khwezi and everyone said the court case is over now. Sorry but the court case may be over and he could be innocent but it doesn’t change the fact that 1 in 3 women in South Africa is raped in their lifetime,” lamented Booi.
“I was disheartened when I saw the ANCWL (ANC Women’s League) standing up against those women. So our mother’s are also standing up and saying it’s fine rape them, all of them. Because it’s our mother’s, Women’s League is our mothers, ” stated Booi.
In conclusion, Boyce said that “Somewhere someone stood up and said to me, that they don’t like the word empower, because power is not something that can be given to you. You have got to take it. Men are not going to give us power. Politicians are not going to give us power. We, as women have to stand up and take the power for ourselves. “