My name is Salome Kutumela Mabaso

I’m a SAAYC Provincial Coordinator in Limpopo province Today I am honoured to express why Woman’s Day is so important and powerful in South Africa? On this day we commemorate the more than 20 000 women who marched to Union buildings on 9 August 1956 to fight for gender equality and address challenges that affect women.

This year, 2021, marks 65 years since the legendary watershed 1956 women’s march.

However, due to its effective activism, August annually has evolved into “Woman’s Month”!

We as South Africans reverence it with empowered tributes to, and of, powerful women, survivors, women who fight against all odds.

We also celebrate the achievement and successes of our women and encourage and pioneer for new leaders and women of substance, knowledge, and grace to emerge.

We commend and applaud the strength and resilience of women and their contribution to society and our beloved country.

National Women’s Day and Month in South Africa draws attention to many of the important issues that women in Africa still face – such as gender-based violence, discrimination and harassment, workplace inequality and pay, education for girls and many more.

Let us as Women keep the legacy going !! At SAAYC our women and men certainly do!

WOMAN – You are powerful, beautiful, brilliant, and brave!

WOMAN – You are who YOU are, and it is enough!

WOMAN – Start calling yourself healed, happy, whole, and blessed and prosperous!