Guest Post by: Tumi Frazier, founder of Tumi Frazier International
March 8, marks International Women’s day where we celebrate womenhood. During this period we reflect on where we have come from, and the sacrifices other women have made for us to be where we are today. Hence we honour and recognize the courage and tenacity of women who fought for women’s rights and liberation throughout the world.
Africa has made major strides in the emancipation of women, although we are still a long way from achieving gender equality. There are, however, a number of African countries that stand out as the most gender equal in the region: Rwanda, Burundi, South Africa, Mozambique, Malawi, Kenya, Lesotho, Namibia, Madagascar and Tanzania.
Rwanda in particular, ranks very high due to its empowerment of women in politics; with 64 out of 100 seats in parliament being held by women than men. This becomes a game changer because women’s needs are taken into consideration when legislation and policies are drafted.
Various women have also played an integral role in shaping the political landscape of their countries throughout the world. Women were involved in liberation struggles in South Africa, Angola, Tanzania, Guinea, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and many other countries. Not only did these women fight for women’s rights, but some of them stood side by side with men, serving as combats fighting wars to liberate their countries. For instance, during the Algerian War of Independence, there were more than 10 000 women fighters in the National Liberty Front.
In 1956, 20 000 women of different racial backgrounds from all across South Africa marched to the Union Buildings in Pretoria against pass laws preventing them from travelling freely without permission. Women in Ghana conducted political education rallies around the country; and in 1960 all women’s movements were brought into the National Council of Ghana women.
We salute and celebrate all the women in the world who broke barriers and courageously changed their nations and the world as a result:
Susan B, Anthony, Anne Frank, Ellen John–Sirleaf, Wangari Muta Maathai, Aung San Suu Kyi, Shirin Edadi, Benazir Bhutto, Rigoberta Menchu Tum, Sojourner Truth, Rosa Parks, Shirley Chisholm, Ama Nkruma, Daisy Bates, Lilian Ngoyi, Helen Joseph, Sophia Williams, Rahima Moosa and so many more.
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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