THE Department of Correctional Services (DCS) commemorated Women’s Day at Ugu Sports and Leisure Centre last Thursday.The guest speaker was Pastor Lindiwe Shozi.DCS officers and regional and area commissioners gathered and discussed the importance of women in their field. A number of elderly female citizens were also invited by Gamalakhe councillor Phumlani Gumbi to celebrate their achievements and accomplishments as veterans of this country and day in particular.Acting Deputy Regional Commissioner Bhuthi Mchunu, who welcomed guests, said the day is to celebrate women, Mchunu said when he started at DCS there were no black females.“When I started working for this department there were no black females in the profession and today we can see there had been transformation and we see a number of women [in our field]. Today we are here to salute you,” he said.Dudu Ngcobo of Ugu District Municipality, special programmes unit, motivated female DCS officers, saying they are special and should always value themselves.Ngcobo said women should always take charge and spend quality time alone to appreciate who they are.Entertainment included groups and DCS officials who sang songs of praise to women.Miemie Mthembu, Waterval area commissioner, has been in the profession for 60 years, and is retiring this year. In the past she said, being a black woman in this profession was no child’s play.She spoke of her days as a black warden and how she was discriminated against, but survived.“If a black female DCS officer fell pregnant back in the day they were told to submit their husband’s particulars for them to be screened before being allowed to keep your job. Those with no husbands were fired and had to reapply for their jobs after giving birth - we survived all of that.” DCS KZN handed over blankets to the elderly women of Gamalakhe as a gift from inmates for Women’s Day.