Updated: Aug 4
We're more than halfway through the year. That, in itself, is an accomplishment. August holds a different place in my heart. It's Womxn's Month, with National Womxn's Day celebrated annually on 9 August. The day commemorates the 1956 march of approximately 20,000 womxn, who fearlessly petitioned against the country's pass law. Led by Lillian Ngoyi, Helen Joseph, Rahima Moosa and Sophia Williams, 14,000 womxn left petitions at the office doors of the prime minister at the time. These brave womxn stood silently for 30 minutes and then started singing a protest song that was composed in honour of the occasion: Wathint'Abafazi Wathint'imbokodo! (Now you have touched the womxn, you have struck a rock.). Since then, the phrase has become a mantra for womxn's courage and strength in South Africa. In 2019, I joined in the #METOO Movement March, a testimony to womxn’s tenacity and dedication. We will not stop fighting for what is right. We will walk this walk, and fight this fight to honour those who have walked and fought for us to have the rights we have today. Although we are still far from a safe and equal world, we must show extreme gratitude to the womxn who have shaped it thus far. Being a womxn has become very real for me this year. Something happened when I turned thirty, and even though I am forever grateful to my 20s, it was a welcome goodbye to that decade of my life. I had a moment, where I felt the womxn, goddess, lioness awaken inside of me. The little girl, the sweet, brave, naive part of myself will forever remain a part of who I am, but there is a depth now that has taken the lead fiercely and unapologetically. I feel my sisterhood more than ever before. I value the female body, the female intuition and our strength. I promise to use my new found power as a womxn, to continue shaping the future and creating a safer, more beautiful and equal world for all. THANK YOU to our ancestors for all your courage and all you have done to make this world a better place for your daughters, granddaughters, all the womxn and children who have come from you. May we be these womxn for the next generation to come.
Some wise words from my Mom, Linda Booyse: "What it means to me to be a womxn? You pose me with an interesting question. My first thought was that I have never particularly liked men. So I have never set store by or of them either liking or disliking me or any other womxn. The second is that I have never had a problem with embracing my femininity. I have a policy of honesty, integrity and consistency in my principals. I have been told that I am considered a womxn's libber. But I have never set out to prove anything but just to be who I am. I am respected because I demand it and have no problem pointing out to someone if they have overstepped a boundary that is derogatory towards womxn. I like being a womxn. I like who I am." Linda offers counselling sessions by appointment. Should you wish to book a session, please send her an email at email@example.com.
"I absolutely LOVE what I do. I am incredibly grateful for the life that I get to live. Shining my light as brightly as I possibly can, and uplifting others along my journey of self-discovery, fills my heart with the greatest amount of joy.
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From my heart to yours,
Léane X "