Women of power, women of positive influence and women of class whose lives have a meaning, from all corners of South Africa descended to Emalahleni to commemorate women’s month through prayer, singing and motivational speeches.
These gracefully refined and dignified women who were elegantly dressed in peach, congregated under the theme “ladies are the epitome of beauty, wisdom and strength.”
A moving prayer by Pastor Mary Mathibela lifted weary spirits and brought everyone closer to God. She pleaded with God to bless people of Emalahleni and South Africa. She admonished bad spirits which she could feel engulfed the municipality and residents.
Executive Mayor, Cllr Lindiwe Ntshalintshali, in her keynote address reminded the audience that the women’s month came about because of sacrifices of women who marched against the unjust pass laws in August 1956.
“Men were already defeated with the introduction of pass laws, but women took up that struggle and with their babies on strapped on their back they marched to Pretoria.”
“As part of commemorating this year’s national women’s month we should be reaching out to all women in society, and fight the violence against women and children.”
“As women deployed in strategic positions be in government or private sectors, we should unite and build safer communities,” said Ntshalintshali.
She requested society to preserve and celebrate acts of courage by ordinary women. “Women are potent agents of positive change in society, and change can be achieved when we work together.”