Honestly before now, Women’s day was just another public holiday in my books.
It is only as I have “matured” and undertaken the task of studying, specifically anthropology, this late in life that I realise that I have not taken the time to acknowledge why we have a day specifically dedicated to being a woman, especially here in South Africa.
I am lucky, I have been born into a time where I have a right to vote and the opportunity to study and be anything I want to be. A privilege still denied to many.
As a mom, I hope to let my girls know that the sky isn’t even the limit. That they can be whatever they want to be and that they have a right. In our last conversation, my eldest was going to be an astronaut who does hair. And that is awesome! I was proud. Well only until she told me there would be no space in the rocket ship for me, but she was quick to quip that she still loves me.
Why is it important to me now?
Being independent and being self-sufficient have become a priority for me as a mom, because these are traits I want my daughters to learn. I want them to know and realise their worth and to acknowledge the amazingly brave women who have fought and the women who still fight for equality in different countries.
I want a different fairy tale for my girls and one where they enjoy being a woman unashamedly in whichever way they want.
My girls will be hanging out with Dad before the rugby final and I get to have a few hours hanging out with my girlfriend being girly as we listen to wonderful speakers throughout the day on the pool deck, sipping on something gorgeous from the Wine and Champagne Bar. And when not listening to a speaker I plan to do some shopping. There will be exhibitors there with their focus on all things womanly. Health, beauty and life.
If you cannot make the 5th of August, you will be pleased to know it runs through to Sunday the 6th. Opening at 10am and closing at 4pm you will want to be early as there is a goodie bag to the first 200 visitors on each day worth R 3000. I hope to see you there.
August is a celebration of what it means to be women. In celebrating this I am giving away a set of tickets to the expo. To stand a chance to win simply comment below with who you would take with and like my Facebook page. Competition closes at 12 noon on Friday 4th of August 2017. The winner will be notified via email.
If you aren’t lucky enough to win you can book tickets to the expo here: Book Tickets
“To all you beautiful strong women – know deep down that you can achieve greatness – it just takes surrounding yourself with the right people”
Chanene Ablett, 2017