Kekeletso Nakeli-Dhliwayo
2 minute read
12 Aug 2021
7:30 am

Women’s Day celebrations out of touch with reality on the ground

Kekeletso Nakeli-Dhliwayo

In rural homesteads, women have come to accept patriarchy that leads to rapes, murder, femicide… but the mbokodo grinders will remind us yearly to 'Aspire to Inspire'.

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Someone asked me why the women of my generation find no joy in celebrating Women’s Day. My answer was simple: this country that celebrates Women’s Day on 9 August, elects to neglect our right to remain alive, to rule over our bodies and, more importantly, plays as decorative figureheads in the political and economic sectors. This is a country that does not care about women but wants to celebrate them, just because it is another box ticked off – but my generation is tired of “just because” – we demand tangible action. With the current Covid restrictions, we were thankfully...