‘’I would also like to quote Emma Goldman when closing this first chapter. Every movement that aims at the destruction of faulty existing systems and the replacement thereof with something more advanced, has followers who in theory stand for the most radical ideas, but who, nevertheless, in their every-day practice, are like the average Philistine, feigning respectability and clamouring for the good opinion of their opponents.’’
Women’s rights are human rights. Full stop. To drink fresh water, to breath in clean air, to go to school or to apply for a job without prejudice are all fundamental rights.
In a day and age, however, where slavery has been abolished, where religious freedom, freedom of speech and political association are freedoms widely accepted and practiced, women’s rights and economic parity remain standing as the last vestiges of an archaic patriarchal society.
Perhaps you live in a society where equality is spoken of as something that is practiced but ask the little girls, the mothers, sisters and wives of this world what their story is?
“My brother goes to school and I help my mom at home. I will be married off soon so don’t need education.”
“I am a project manager at a large corporation. The males hired in the same role earn 30% more than me for no other reason than that they are male.”
Coloured women have an increased risk of low cognitive functioning due to low education levels and unhealthy lifestyle behaviours. This is the erroneous conclusion of a recent Stellenbosch University research project