Why celebrate Women’s Day in South Africa?
On 9 August 1956, women from all races, religions and socio-economic backgrounds rallied together to do exactly what Ghandi meant when he said, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” 20 000 women converged on the Union Buildings in Pretoria under the auspices of the Federation of South African Women (FEDSAW) in protest against the Pass Laws, and they delivered 100 000 signatures
They were a perfect example of actions speaking louder than words when change is needed. This is as true today as it was then.
While we may not be fighting for the vote or to end racial discrimination, we should still be drawing attention to issues that affect women today, ensuring that they are placed on both national, local and corporate agendas, for the greater good, such as:
- Equal pay
- Flexible working hours
- Sick leave for parents when children are ill
- Parenting education & support
- Women against abuse
- Sexual harassment in the workplace
- Equal salaries
- Child care
- Sexual violence
- Domestic violence
- Creating women’s forums in the workplace
- Creating parent forms in the workplace
- Keeping girl children in school
Change happens by choice, and by standing up for what we believe is right.
As a woman, ask yourself, what are you prepared to take a stand for today, if not to help yourself, then perhaps to help other women more vulnerable than you? Women’s Day is a reminder of that.
Help your team members become inspired women
Inspired women become an inspiration to others. When women are inspired, they take action and are more supportive of others, a sense of community is created.
An important aspect of celebrating Women’s Day is to remind very busy, multi-tasking women to take a moment to pause, take stock and keep perspective; or perhaps to even find a new lens through which to view the world.
Providing them with a guest speaker who shares their journey because she is also a woman, is a fabulous way to celebrate Women’s Day with your staff during Women’s month this year.
I have a number of presentations that may suit your requirements:
Get Outta Your Head team building workshop to help people in the workplace reconnect with each other – life is fast, life is serious, there are more ways to communicate and yet there is less connection, even with your colleague on the next desk. Click here for more info.
Parenting on the Run – for time-starved working parents who want to learn how to turn very ordinary moments into memorable quality time with their children. Click here for more info.
Brand You – become distinct or you will become extinct – this workshop is especially for network marketing and direct selling companies and franchise operations. Click here for more info.
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