Support is such an interesting and challenging concept in today’s world. Most times, if not always, it’s measured by what you stand to physically gain or receive back for advocating a specific belief, person or happening. Enter social media and you’ve got an influx of influencers that aren’t really celebrities but also aren’t really just peoples like you and I and you’ve got a heavy mix of competing brands/start-ups and initiatives sharing advocates and seeming frivolous in their attempt to convince us why we should buy into their mission.
Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s amazing the strides social media has made in changing the way we think, act and associate with people and brands. My only problem is when the advocating becomes too sporadic and just feels like, well, traditional advertising. Anyway, my point is, you can totally buy support but what happens to genuine believing? Genuine giving of oneself to things that you really believe work and can change the lives of people?
There have been so many renditions, odes, celebrations and activities dedicated to Winnie Mandela. And I could go on forever about why she’s been so pinnacle in South Africa’s freedom as well as what she stood for in light of the history of South Africa but I’d rather look to her impact. And although some of these executions have been criticized as being inaccurate and/or failing to catch her true essence, the point is that people want to recognize her. They want to acknowledge her for who she is and the impact she made during the Apartheid era and for that, she should feel honored.
As an activist and politician, she has represented so much more than the freedom of a people. She has represented true strength and unwavering support for the cause. Support for her late ex-husband, Nelson Mandela, by being his public face for the 27 years he was imprisoned and for leading the women she of the African National Congress’ Woman’s League. And today, she silently continues with her advocacy still. You see sometimes, you don’t have to be the loudest and proudest in the room. You don’t have to be at the forefront to impact lives. You can create impact just by being there. By standing up. By saying ‘yes’. There needs to be a certain number of people that will stand behind the visionaries in order to make their visions a reality. And mind you, these roles are interchangeable because you are whatever your destiny requires you to be. As women, we need to learn to follow our hearts and work diligently to bring our ideas successfully into reality. And once we’ve done that, support each other in the different ways and efforts that we can. There’s enough room for all of us to win.
Then there’s that saying, “Wathint’ abafazi wathint’ imbokodo” which has resonated through the years with women in South Africa — for those of you who don’t know the meaning, quite simply it says, “When you strike a woman, you strike a rock.” We are a force to be reckoned with. We possess a quiet strength that is revealed when evil ways begin to lay blame on us. Our gentle nature and emotions don’t make us weaker or less inferior but rather keep us humane.
“Together, hand in hand, with our matches and our necklaces, we shall liberate this country.” – Winnie Madikizela Mandela.
We are the new liberation.
We The Women – celebrating three ‘Iconic Women’ and what their boldness has meant for us as young African women.
In collaboration with DiaryOfARadBlackWoman
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