Mama Winnie – a woman of her word

What an honour and a privilege it was to have been invited by Afternoon Express lifestyle TV show (9 April), to showcase my work in relation to Mama Winnie Mandela’s legacy . . .

Without women like her, who were unflinching and unwavering in their cause for justice, we would never have had the platform we now have to springboard the life-affirming initiatives emanating from our communities.

When I founded Sisters in Solidarity South Africa in 2012, I was driven by a passion to see more women’s ideas coming into fruition, their organisations and businesses thriving, their embracing the fullness of their womanhood, standing tall – particularly in a patriarchal society that seeks to discredit women leaders any opportunity it gets.

I myself feel free to serve using both my innate and acquired gifts, because women like Mama Winnie ensured, through demonstrating their convictions, that being docile and subdued could never be an option, at a time when women’s right to exist proudly in the world needed to be asserted, when their very humanity was being called into question.

Winnie Mandela’s passing affirms, as surely as her life did, that “we will not be silenced.”

Whoever said the words “she did not die, but multiplied” understands the spirit of mam’ Nomzamo … For today, “the underdog” has the right to speak and be heard…

I am so gratified in being a woman of words. For words continue to elevate those who deserve honour, through which they can hopefully attain a transcendent appeal to many generations to come. We are weavers of time, nurturers of souls, warriors waging the good fight, midwives of community, rebels with a cause undisputed by destiny, because fate has a way of showing that when the time is ripe for a profound idea to take root, it most certainly will!

Well, here we are because of Mama Winnie and other fighters of her ilk, ones for whom not even death could have dominion over ideas.

I have the gift of being born in this country, a country of uncommon spirit, where existence is dying and waking in love.

I touch God’s face every time I am in conversation and in relationship with humanity, and I cannot believe the depth of human treasures uncovered in every delving into the sacredness of who and what a human being truly is.

Our efforts, like Mama Winnie’s, should elevate principle above position – because nothing compares to living one’s true, authentic self and purpose in the world.

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