Diamonds 

Today, we commemorate the brave women of 1956 who stood up for what they believed in.Women as fighters.

Women as peacebuilders.

Rocks.

We are not rocks only once a year. We are not forced into resilience only today.

We are the builders. The foundation.The pride. Every day.

And lest you forget, we are magic. Each in our own different ways.

Don’t “celebrate” women’s courage without acknowledging you have forced us to summon strength to pushback against your oppression.

Don’t “celebrate” women’s courage without acknowledging you have forced us to summon strength to pushback against your oppression.

The women of 1956 stood up on behalf of themselves, of other women AND ON BEHALF OF MEN.

But you wouldn’t know it. Not here where misogyny reigns.

Not here where the victims of various forms of violence (mental, physical, emotional) are vilified while the perpetrators get protected…

Not here where the leading cause of death in women is femicide.

Women killed by people they know.

People they love(d). People they stood by.

You wouldn’t know that 60 years ago, it was women who fought the battle so men wouldn’t have to.

Something we do to this day. You wouldn’t.

Wathint’abafazi, Wathint’imbokodo!

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