”If you educate a man, you educate an individual. If you educate a woman, you educate a nation”- African Proverb
More and more women of Wentworth are becoming aware of their political standing. As they gain information and have experience in their daily vocations and in their efforts for community betterment they are convinced, as many other women have long ago been convinced, that their efforts would be more telling if women became involved in their choice of government
The fashion of saying “I do not care to get involved in politics” is disappearing among the Coloured woman faster than most people think, for this same woman has learned that politics meddle constantly with her and hers.
On Saturday 21 February,the women of Woodstock including a number of adolescent girls embarked on an effort to canvas for votes for the Patriotic Alliance at Lansdowne Mansions.
Resilience, selflessness and fighting for a community despite their own adversities are just some of the characteristics shared by these women activists from “Woodstock’ in Austerville.
These women; Roslyn King, Olive Manto, Jennifer Noble,Theresa Warren, Jacqueline Rooi, and Celeste King, are resilient fighters in their community. They never have time out for themselves. They are needed in the community to keep things together.
With open hearts and sheer determination, they give of their time, albeit the lack of money, to try to combat social ills in their communities – this in the absence of the government playing its role.
The nuclear family model globally, has been promoting the idea that the male in the family has to be the one to provide for the family, while the mother stays at home to take care of the children and the house. This frequently leaves women in a financially unstable position without the ability to provide for themselves. Not the Woodstock women-most of these iron ladies have always been the sole breadwinners in their households.
Olive Manto expressed; “We are determined to eradicate poverty in one generation and build shared prosperity through social and economic transformation of our community’
Rosslyn King stressed; Our goals are a high standard of living, quality of life and well-being for all. Ending poverty, inequalities of income and opportunity; job creation, especially addressing youth unemployment; facing up to the challenges of rapid population growth and urbanisation, improvement of habitats and access to basic necessities of life – water, sanitation, electricity; providing social security and protection;
The Patriotic Alliance (PA) is a South African political party, formed in November 2013 by, among others, one-time convicted bank robber turned motivational speaker, author and businessman Gayton McKenzie and former convicted fraudster turned businessman and socialite Kenny Kunene.
The Patriotic Alliance considers itself a nonracial, non-sexist and democratic political party organising support across South Africa.
The PA positions itself as a champion of the people, with the understanding that while its principles may overlap with those of other parties, the PA is the political alternative that will bring tangible delivery of change in this lifetime for the majority of South Africans.
The PA is an economically centrist party that understands that economic growth is dependent on free-market conditions, but that rampant capitalism encourages only greed and the exploitation of the poor.
The bulk of the party’s support is to be found among the Coloured communities of the Western Cape, although the party has stated that it is not a coloureds-only party and will canvass for support among all voters. Representatives have stated that the party has its roots in the coloured community and will therefore be putting political issues that affect the coloured community on the agenda.
From the rubble of stark division we are seeing movements of unity because of the determination of the women of ” Woodstock’, as matriarchs of our future generations. Spearheaded by these diverse and powerful women, the fight for justice is gaining momentum. Could the crisis of marginalisation by the current government serve to unite the Coloured people? Will it also be the turning point in global solidarity, urging them to act, connect their struggles, and finally triumph over the systemic inequalities that divide them? A new generation of inexorable women have emerged, armed with a spirit of determination, solidarity, including education.
By: Lorraine Richards