Women’s Day 2020 – We are, because they are.
Women are pillars of strength, commitment and generosity across our country. They weave families and communities together. They bind us with cords of love to one another, and they bind us up with compassion when we are broken. We are, because they are.
Yet, when we look at the statistics of abuse and gender-based violence in South Africa, we recognize that there is a war on women in South Africa. Gender-based violence, which disproportionately affects women and girls, is a profound and widespread problem in South Africa. It is systemic and deeply entrenched in our institutions, cultures and traditions.
“I also want to be a better man.” – Siya Kolisi
We all have to do better. We have to be better.
At the Kolisi Foundation we are committed to creating a new story, by supporting projects that support women and which target gender-based violence. We desire to work with partners who share our values and have the same end goal in mind. We are firm believers in collaborative work; we are stronger together.
We are calling on boys and men to take up the challenge of doing the hard and necessary work to create a new kind of normal where being a man is about loving, protecting, affirming and collaborating and not about dominating, oppressing and destroying. Let’s commit, in word and in action, to interrupting the cycles of violence that are all around us.
This Women’s Day, let us rise up and add our voices to their cries. Let us collectively declare that there has been far too much violence in our history and let us work together to create another story. It may take a village to raise a child, but it will take every one of us working tirelessly together to be able to make a significant change to the stories of women in our country.
“Freedom cannot be achieved unless the women have been emancipated from all forms of oppression.” – Nelson Mandela
Watch our Women’s Day clip HERE
Photo Credit – Gary van Wyk, Black Bean Productions