The library on Mahikeng campus took the time to celebrate women in South Africa. The 9th of August signifies a significant day dedicated to women in South Africa. A physical book display has been put in the library to create awareness of women, gender and violence issues. Women globally especially in Africa have an important role to play in uplifting their communities and the economy. Women have always made sure that they keep fires burning in the family by providing for the needs of their children and entire community.
There is a Sepedi saying that says “Mmago ngwana o swara thipa ka bogaleng” literally meaning:
“A mother holds a knife by its cutting edge”.
This proverb reveals that a mother will do anything to the extent of taking risks to protect the welfare her children.
We should all note that gender issues are not only focused on women alone but on the relationship between men and women and society at large. Gender equality means that as men and women, we all have equal power and equal opportunities. Empowered women and girls contribute to the welfare of their families, communities, and countries. If we are to achieve gender equality, women’s empowerment should be an important aspect that we all should focus on.
Let us continue to respect and empower everyone.
At Potchefstroom a display was done to shed light on the gender disparities in our communities and workplaces, calling everyone to strive for gender equality and accepting others for who they are. As we bring awareness to gender issues, we also celebrate our fearless women, imbhokodo!! this women’s month.
Imbhokodo is a Zulu word for “a rock”, meaning:
You strike a woman, you strike a rock.
The Library on the Vanderbijlpark Campus had an exhibition on Gender Based Violence and acknowledged the women who contributed to the fight against women’s rights and freedom. They acknowledged female authors who contributed academically. Even before COVID-19 hit, violence against women and girls had reached pandemic proportions. Globally, 27% of women aged 15 to 49 years were abused by an intimate partner in the past year. Meanwhile, less than 40 per cent of women who experienced violence reported it or seek help.
Staff gathered and celebrated Women’s Day in style – they dressed up in black and ladies wore African head wraps. They were joined by Servest staff ( LIS cleaners) and security from the Library.
MAPHEFO MAAKE (MANAGER: INFORMATION SERVICES, MAHIKENG)
TINY MORIPA (MANAGER: LOAN SERVICES, VANDERBIJLPARK)
BANELE KHOZA (LIBRARIAN: UNDERGRADUATE SUPPORT, POTCHEFSTROOM)