Women’s Day celebrates nation’s ‘glue’

A new wind is blowing . . .

August is National Women’s Month and the call is to join hands to celebrate the ‘glue’ that keeps our families, communities and foundation together - our daughters, young women, mothers, wives, tireless workers, ambitious professionals, aspiring students...

Countrywide voices are also raised to address serious issues such as equality, gender-based abuse, rape (focus on universities), the harsh realities and challenges women face daily...

There are campaigns, brunches, conferences and marches for women. Some say our country’s females have little to rejoice about, while others believe we have come a long way since August 9, 1956 when more than 20 000 women united at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

Led by trade unionist and political activist Lilian Ngoyi, Helen Joseph, Albertina Sisulu and Sophia Williams-De Bruyn, they protested against the injustices enforced on women in South Africa.

This has become National Women’s Day - an opportunity to acknowledge our women’s achievements, reflect on the problems still faced and the imperative role played in society.

Local businesswoman Michelle Campbell Petrelis says, “Women’s Day in South Africa has become such a vibrant and celebrated holiday, which gives us all an opportunity to honour and reflect on the beautiful, strong and resourceful women we have in our country.”

Michelle is one of the many who took the initiative to show women appreciation by hosting events on Women’s Day (August 9) and on August 18.

“It’s a day for joy and laughter, and also a day to give thanks for being strong women, knowing strong women and raising strong women. We hope to encapsulate just a little bit of this in our two days,” says the co-owner of Marina Wharf.

She aims to involve hundreds of ladies at the events held at this charming venue nestled at the canals of Marina Martinique in Jeffreys Bay. For info contact Michelle at reservations@marinawharf.co.za.

“Incidentally, we started off with just one day, but the response was so overwhelming, that we quickly had to extend it to a second event, Women’s Day at The Wharf PART 2.” Each event will start at 9 am till later the afternoon.

Michelle invites any companies, entrepreneurs, vendors or brands who would like to be involved for FREE with exhibition space at no cost, to contact her. (No food or drink related products).

This gesture captures the JBay spirit of community involvement and sharing.

On August 11, ladies can enjoy a cuppa at the Women’s Day Tea at 11 am at JBay Bru Co next to the police station in Da Gama Road.

The event will cover mind, body and health wellness, with product give-aways, self-defense demonstrations, tea and canapés. Of each R60 ticket sold, R10 will go to the Healthy Mom and Baby Clinic.

Donations of baby products may be dropped into a box there; prizes are up for grabs and friends can join to empower those who need some support and care.

Be the ‘glue’ in your community.