The annual Women’s Day anniversary is upon us. Like other anniversaries, it can serve a useful purpose in reminding us of past events and, in so doing, help us to have a better understanding of where we are now — and where we may be going.
But that is only if anniversary celebrations are honest reflections that take in as much of the past as we can discover. All too often, they are not honest and indulge in distortion, half-truths or even outright fakery. They can serve to promote particular agendas or confuse our views of the past.
Over recent weeks there have been two such examples: the heavily promoted "celebration of the 84th birthday of SAfm" and announcements about the preparation for the centennial celebrations of the SA Communist Party (SACP) next year. Both leave out essential aspects of their pasts.