The Activism Issue
ne of my favourite quotes of 2018 is by Meghan Markle: ‘Women don’t need to find a voice; they have a voice… They need to feel empowered to use it, and people need to be encouraged to listen.’ I came across these words around the time we started conceiving our August issue. Meghan makes a crucial point – one we wanted to carry through in our first-ever activism edition.
One woman who isn’t afraid of speaking up for what she believes in is our cover star, actress Nomzamo Mbatha. She’s turned her celebrity status into a springboard for powerful activism, from humanitarian work with refugees across Africa to tackling mental health, #MeToo and misogyny on set. In her own words, ‘My platform serves a purpose beyond taking a selfie: I want to use it to tell people that there are real issues.’ And since 70% of Millennials identify as activists, it’s you who’s shaping what our country will look like in the future.
With August being Women’s Month, this issue is dedicated to empowering your voice. On page 48, we feature eight fearless individuals fighting for change – from a pioneer in the #FeesMustFall movement advocating for equal education to a law student campaigning for women with disabilities. On page 40 we debunk the myth that feminism is about burning bras and hating men, and help you decode your brand of girl power. And in a world in which 84% of people say sexual harassment goes down in the workplace, we call #timesup on that with a sevenpage feature on how to identify – and stand up to – soft sexism.
Activism is about enacting change. It’s about identifying what you believe in and living that truth – whether that’s through weekly recycling, silently boycotting a company or calling out the guy who spoke over you in a meeting. You have the power to be a change agent: you shape your future.