Guest Post by: Tumi Frazier, founder of Tumi Frazier International
Each year, 9th August is designated as National Women’s Day in South Africa and women and their role and contribution to society is celebrated throughout the month. During this period, we honour and recognize the courage and tenacity of those women who fought for women’s liberation in the country back in 1956. These women created a legacy that inspires political strength, female solidarity and inner fortitude that we continue to pass from generation to generation today.
On a personal level, one of the women who had a positive influence in my life growing up was Bertha Gxowa, fondly known as Mama Bertha. Her entire life was about adding value to other women’s lives. Mama Bertha was one of the leaders and organizers of the 9th August 1956 protest in South Africa. She shared with me that approximately 20,000 women from all walks of life took part in what is probably the single most famous protest march by women in the history of South Africa.
What fascinated me about this story is that these women were able to unite and stand up for what they believed in, yet without the support of any of the technological communications advances we enjoy today.
As we celebrate these great South African women, we should also not forget Nobel Peace Prize recipients like Aung San Suu Kyi, and Professor Wangari Muta Maathai, the first woman in East and Central Africa to earn a doctorate degree. Professor Maathai was active in the National Council of Women of Kenya in the 70s and 80s and was internationally acknowledged for her struggle for democracy, human rights and environmental conservation.
Similarly, Aung San Suu Kyi, is one of the most prominent political leaders and freedom fighters, and who echoed her father’s courage in her speech, ‘Freedom from fear”, when she said:
“Fearlessness may be a gift, but perhaps more precious is the courage acquired through endeavor; courage that comes from cultivating the habit of refusing to let fear dictate one’s actions. Courage that could be described as “grace under pressure”- grace which is renewed repeatedly in the face of harsh, unremitting pressure.”
We live in an Age of connection where technical connectivity should improve human collaboration and quality of life. We are able to share ideas and collaborate with people anywhere in the world.
There is always someone, somewhere who has what you need, and if you do not spend time developing trusted relationships then you will miss opportunities.
Relationships are critical in everything we do in the this era. In fact our networks are part of our wealth – when we capitalize on our networks we can resolve some of the persistent social ills caused by disconnection.
I believe we can never be completely free as South African and African women unless we achieve economic freedom; freedom from fear, poverty, mediocrity, and a sense of entitlement.
Global Women’s Summits are positioned to open boundaries for women worldwide and to engage in meaningful discussions about women’s issues, needs, and most importantly action oriented programmes - in every nation.
More and more women across the globe are being educated and empowered, which is a key to their income growth. And with sufficient income, women are free to move out of survival mode, move into self-sufficiency and self-actualization, and ultimately selfless service.
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Tumi Frazier is a South African entrepreneur, professional speaker, author, TV personality, consultant, and founder of Tumi Frazier International, Tumi Leadership Academy, and Tumi Foundation. Tumi is an internationally acclaimed Leadership and Change Management expert who has worked with high profile clients and organizations across Africa, United States and Europe. Tumi has authored 4 books: Courageous Stories of Inspiration; In the Midst of the Storm; Stepping Stones to Success; and Your Moment. Follow Tumi Twitter | LinkedIn
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