- WHAT DOES WOMENS MONTH MEAN TO YOU?
As far as my understanding, my sentiment and my approach towards Women’s Month is concerned, this year was particularly difficult. August began with the heartbreaking news of my friend, Khensani Ntando Nkanyezi Maseko’s passing, a death that impacted many, both friends and strangers alike. Personally, Women’s month and every single day in South Africa should provide platforms where women can discuss the matters that matter. Similarly, this is a time for dialogue, for men to account, for leaders to lead and for change to be introduced. I couldn’t bring myself to wish anyone “Happy” Women’s Day in a time of femicide, gender-based violence, missing women and children, lack of access to resources, education and sanitary towels, domestic violence and inequality. It should be declared a state of emergency when a woman cannot leave home, cannot enter a relationship, cannot open the door to welcome a man, without the fear of being raped or killed by her friend, father, brother, cousin, colleague, boyfriend, classmate, husband, uncle, uber driver or pastor. What change was made this Women’s month for women, beyond the speeches at annual political rallies? Where are our leaders? What solutions can they offer beyond “RT for awareness”?
- DO YOU THINK WOMEN ARE TREATED EQUALLY IN SOUTH AFRICA?
Women have never been treated equally in a patriarchal society that is South Africa. However we cannot disregard that women are slowly being recognised as leaders, trailblazers and change agents.
- WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE HASHTAG ME TOO CAMPAIGN?
#MeToo can afford to be a bigger movement. It’s more than a hashtag or conversation starter. Rather, it’s where survivors of sexual assault, abuse (both physically and emotionally), rape and all forms of gender-based violence can engage unashamedly, in a way that they are no longer policed or pacified.
- WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR ALL THE WOMEN OUT THERE?
Stop. Pray. Heal. Be kind to yourself.
- HOW DO YOU THINK WE CAN IMPROVE WOMEN EQUALITY AND EMPOWERMENT IN SOUTH AFRICA?
We can protest all we want but until our leaders account, acknowledge and begin to transform the system as leaders should, we’ll remain in the devastating state that we’re in. The youth’s voices need to be heard.
- WHO IS YOUR FEMALE ROLE MODEL AND WHY?
I struggle to identify role models outside of home because I’m blessed to live with, know the story of and continuously draw strength from 3 exceptional women: Grace Modiselle (my mother) and my 2 older sisters, Refilwe and Bontle Modiselle. They are all living examples of God’s abundant grace, of resilience, survivors within their own respects and prayerful women that understand the power of hard work and consistency. If I can be a fraction of their greatness, I’ll have made and incredible lasting impact on our future leaders.
- WHATS THE ONE QUOTE THAT YOU LIVE BY?
“Let God God.”