IN an effort to honour local woman this Women’s Month, Stanger Weekly had a one-on-one with accomplished KwaDukuza physiotherapist Sohaybah Bux, who is making strides as a woman in the industry.
JYOTHI LALDAS (JL): Who are you and what does Women’s Day mean to you?
SOHAYBAH BUX (SB): My name is Sohaybah Bux and I am a physiotherapist practicing at the Adam’s Medical Centre on Hulett Street. Women’s Day to me is a reminder of how far, we as women, have come in this world in terms of achievement, but also of how much further we have to go.
JL: What does it mean to be a woman in the part of the world and society you live in?
SB: As a Muslim woman, I find myself very grateful to be living in this country where I have freedom of speech, and more importantly, religion. I don’t have to live in fear the way Muslim women in other parts of the world do. Even though it’s still pretty much a patriarchal one, I’m also grateful for the society that we live in because more and more women are now empowering each other to strive for better, and are keen to help each other do so.
JL: Which women are you inspired by in your local community, and the world?
SB: The super moms! I’m talking about the women who have to take care of their husbands and their children, maintain their households, build their careers and still be fabulous. I see them everyday — my friends, colleagues and patients — you all know who you are. What amazes me is that they lead such busy lives taking care of everyone and everything, but they still manage to be fierce and kind and beautiful. Now that is what I call inspiring.
JL: What are the women’s themes that still need greater awareness in your opinion?
SB: The way “stay-at-home” moms are undervalued and underappreciated. I feel that they need to be recognised for all that they are and do, and that they should not be seen as weak or inferior for choosing to stay at home, which in my view, is the hardest job of all. The stay-at-home moms are the reason so many of us are here today, trying to do better and be better by maintaining our dignity, moral values and respect.
JL: What message would you like to send to women in your community?
SB: This patriarchal society we live in will always aim to bring women down when they are trying to rise up. So look to each other, inspire each other, support each other. We are all facing battles the world knows nothing about, so be kind to each other and most importantly, be kind to yourselves.