Love yourself this Women's Day - and celebrate being a woman of Afrika Tikkun
To celebrate Women’s Day, we draw inspiration from some of our crown jewels
Ladies, let’s not just reflect on the hardships we face as women and how we need to compete in a world of men … let’s focus for a moment on all the exceptional things about women.
Let’s list the things that women achieve. We are the givers of life, we are nurturers, we are breadwinners, we are homemakers, we are soldiers, we are mothers and sometimes fathers as well, we are beautiful, we are strong, we feel for others, we are healers, we are lovers, we are fighters, we are empowering, we are leaders and we are followers and the list goes on and on.
I am the first to admit that it’s not all a bed of roses and yes there are days when we stumble and even days when we fall but the secret lies in feeling that pain and then picking yourself up, dusting yourself off and moving forward with the experience of that fall having taught you something that empowers you in the next step you take.
RAMONA MOHANLALL, SPECIAL PROJECTS
I say to you all, let’s celebrate each other’s individual talents and unique beauty. The beauty of being a woman is unparalleled, and I want every woman who is reading this to own her magnetic brilliance. If you’re a man and reading this, please acknowledge a woman in your life today. Hug her a little longer and tell her you know how wonderful she is. We are magnificent creations. We can do, be, feel, have and experience anything we want. We are that powerful. We ARE that amazing! Whitney said it best: ‘I found the greatest love of all inside of me’!
I grew up knowing that every older woman in my community was my mother because of the love and care that they gave to us, as children. We honoured and gave them respect. I developed a passion to be a teacher inspired by those phenomenal women to offer the seeds of hope to young people.
In today’s world, women work themselves up to become leaders and managers. Even though we work twice as hard to be perceived as good, and YES we have risen to the challenge. To become ‘phenomenal women, we need to have what Maya Angelou describes as ‘Strong self confidence’.
Being a woman today means we have a voice and together it is even louder. Our voice is powerful and has the ability to move this nation. As a career woman surrounded by young people, I want to be remembered as a woman who shaped the economy of this country by educating and empowering young people to become economically viable.
JULIA THOBAKGALE, WINGS OF LIFE CYD
I am a proud mother of two. There is no greater gift than being called to care for two souls who mimic everything you do and encompass everything you are. Being a mother has taught me many valuable lessons most of which I have learned from the innocence of my kids. I feel like I have a purpose, that I found my calling, my true meaning of being me! The best job in the world. I wouldn’t want it any other way. I am important & feel wanted & loved.
Experiencing the small moments that can’t be explained, characterised, or memorised. Those fleeting moments when your child says something profound, mature, grown-up. Those moments that make you savour the little people they are because you’ve just seen a glimpse that childhood is a blip and time truly does fly. Because you are “mom,” you notice this subtle growing-up in a way no one else possibly could. The connection and love between my kids and I is the greatest part of being a mom.