This women’s month, I’m asking all my fellow women and men what is it that we can do right now to make society better for our daughters and future generations to come.
62 years ago, on the 9th August 1956, 20 000 women of all races marched to Pretoria’s Union Buildings to present a petition against the carrying of passes. This was more than six decades ago, and we’re still fighting for rights and equality today.
As a nation, we have come a long way, but when it comes to gender-based equality, we have not managed to progress as far as we should have by now. There are many of the same challenges and discrimination for women today as they were back then.
Stats SA recently released a report this month that showed a rise in unemployment which mostly affected women.
Marches are being held this month to highlight the violence perpetuated by men against women.
In the business world, female entrepreneurs don’t reap the same rewards as male entrepreneurs. In the corporate world, women get paid less than their male counterparts and often have to endure harassment and unfair treatment.
This is the state of things as it stands and there’s no point complaining about it. We need to do something instead. I have a 6-year-old daughter, and she’s going to be an adult in the year 2033. I want the world to be better and easier for her.
Let’s try to be mindful of this and do the following:
– Create a society for women to thrive
– Create a country where it is safe to walk at night without the fear of rape
– Treat all entrepreneurs and business owners like equals and offer the same opportunities for females and males
– Have a safe work and school environment without sexual harassment
– Offer equal pay for men and women
– Have more female leaders
Happy women’s month. I’d like to hear your thoughts and comments on what a better world looks like to you.