Celebrating Women’s Day

2015-08-13 06:00
PHOTO: nompendulo ngubane

Dr May Mashego Mkhize, one of the speakers at Womenand#039;s Day celebration in honour of Jabu Ndlovu at Msunduzi Museum last Thursday.

PHOTO: nompendulo ngubane Dr May Mashego Mkhize, one of the speakers at Womenand#039;s Day celebration in honour of Jabu Ndlovu at Msunduzi Museum last Thursday.

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POLITICAL, economic and gender struggles are challenges that women are often faced with, be it in the workplace or the community.

This is what transpires judging from speeches by women at the Jabu­ Ndlovu Women’s Day celebration at the Msunduzi Museum last Thursday.

The majority of guests who attended the celebration were women­ and leaders from alliances and organisations.

The leadership and members of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu­) were also part of the celebration which was aimed at celebrating women in honour of revolutionist Jabu Ndlovu, who continues to play a huge role in many lives, 26 years after her death.

Her daughter, Luhle Ndlovu Mbanjwa, described her mother as a woman who cared, but never compromised. Mbanjwa is behind the birth of the Jabu Ndlovu Foundation (JNF).

Mbanjwa said forming the JNF was to celebrate her mother and to continue with the legacy of assuring that communities are cared for.

“My mother was not Mother Teresa­, she was a revolutionary and never compromised on discipline.

“We want independent women not feminine women. Before we formed the foundation we visited the history of our mother to discover what was important to her. We discovered she cared and that is why the foundation prioritises people­, especially the youth, as beneficiaries.

“Today we celebrate women and there is no doubt that this is what she wanted. For us as the family­ the foundation is also a healing process. This should apply to every woman in this room.

“We are achievers and can make things happen on our own. It is an insult to women that they need men to achieve and prosper.

“Having no man behind me does not mean I am a secondary citizen. So we cannot sit back, relax and wait for things to happen unless there is the presence of a man,” said Mbanjwa.

Speakers included the former first lady, Dr May Mashego Mkhize, who is part of the JNF.

Mkhize said they will make sure that the JNF is sustainable.

“Women still face abuse from many angles, but we are here to say that as women we must uplift and support each other. Let’s look at ourselves and ask that if Jabu Ndlovu was to rise from the dead, would she be happy with what she sees. We must be glued together as women and support each other,’ said Mkhize


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