Women from various churches in Wepener recently converged at the Wesley Church, clad in their respective church regalia to mark the annual national women’s commemoration.
The event was organised by the office of the Mangaung Metro Municipality’s (MMM) Independent Electoral Commission’s Office in conjunction with an association of integrated church leaders.
One the women, Sisi Machere, motivated the ladies saying that they should forget about their backgrounds and have a sense of worth and value, no matter what they are going through.
“We have to draw a leaf from a lady called Dorcas in the Bible. This woman of valour had the desire to do something meaningful with her life and the lives of those around her. She made a huge difference in her community, hence most people cried when she died. How will people remember you when you die? We have to leave a legacy,” she said.
She spurred the ladies on by saying they must always be prayerful and do everything in their power to leave an indelible legacy. She said there is lawlessness in the community as women are not taking they rightful leadership roles.
MMM’s Senior Administration Clerk, Palesa Mokheti, reminded the attendants how Women’s Day came about. She said it is because of the hordes of women who marched on 9 August 1956 that the dom pass law was removed.
MMM’s Electoral Project Co-ordinator, Sindiswa Chalatsi, explained to the ladies that they are an integral part of democracy, hence they should vote during the elections.
“We are all aware that the word democracy is always distorted in our communities. We have to make sure that people do understand what democracy is in the true sense of the word,” she said.