Women honour ‘heroes’ of 1956
Department celebrates historic event
THE Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in King William’s Town celebrated their Women’s Day in vintage and traditional style last week.
There was a loving atmosphere created by women dressed in true African attire. The theme was “being a strong woman is not an option but a necessity” with female staff and employees attached to the department from across the province gathered to remember those women who marched to the Union Buildings in 1956 to protest against the permit system (“dompas”).
The brave women also demanded to be recognised as equals by men.
Department communications officer Linda Donkrag said they had invited speakers from different spheres of life to the occasion.
Among the attendees was a gynaecologist responsible for the Amathole region of the Department of Health, Dr Sibongile Mandondo, who spoke on the topic of cervical cancer, breast cancer and how important it is for women to do a pap smear annually.
Another was motivational speaker, Abigail Mvunelo, who spoke about “sisterhood in the workplace” who explained how important it was for women to have each other’s backs and also have empathy towards one another – especially when one was going through hardships.
“We need to love and support each other,” she emphasised.
Link FM reporter Kholiswa Ngolofwana was the final speaker. She told the audience that “being a strong woman is not an option”. She also placed emphasis on how important it is for females to pray and create a relationship with God and share their life challenges with the Almighty.
She also spoke about what she described as a huge hurdle to progress among women namely, competition.
“Never compete with anyone but yourself because you do not know where the other person is coming from and where they have been,” Ngolofwana said.
She also highlighted that being positive and having self-confidence were very important attributes if women were to be independent, to enable them to cope with life’s challenges.
Forestry employees in attendance felt uplifted by the talks, that revived their spiritual lives.
“The speakers have motivated us with uplifting messages of support and courage and also encouraged us to have prayer session at the workplace so we can be able to support each other spiritually,” Donkrag said.