What it means to be a Woman in South Africa?

I was celebrating my 28th birthday last Thursday, and I wanted to go out and have fun, go to a lodge far from school, just to get awThe first thing that comes to mind when I think about being a woman in this country is GBV. Mainly because gender-based violence is rampant in South Africa, making it one of the most hazardous locations in the world for women. As a Law student, I know that in terms of legal protection of gender rights, the new South African constitution is one of the most progressive in the world. ay from my books and the stress they bring. I love my course, but a lady needs a break every now and then.

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Rays of Sunshine..

South Africa, like many other African countries, has had a good share of cultural practices and beliefs that hindered women from living up to their full potential and following in their dreams. Generation after generation, South African women have had to surrender to and endure a life that had just been reduced to marriage and child bearing. Anything outside of that considered a taboo. Forbidden.

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Mandela Day: Still the same or not?

Nelson Mandela International Day is celebrated on the 18th of July of every year in honour of the late and first democratically elected President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela who fought for the freedom of South Africans who were oppressed and were under the apartheid regime. The day was officially declared by the United Nations in November 2009 and the day was officially celebrated in 2010.

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Alone versus lonely in a group

My friend and I were chilling with two other girls whom we grew up with in the same neighbourhood. This hardly happens and I am happy. I hardly go out and the fresh air feels so good. Did it really have to take someone to get me out of the house? Well, it seems that’s the case, since I have not been out since then.

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A new phase…

Coming to South Africa as a foreign student was not easy. From the emotional breakdown of having to leave my family for the first time at 18 years old, to the fact that I had no idea of what I was getting into made the situation extremely complicated.

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Why is June 16th important to me?

Youth Day commemorates the Soweto Uprising which took place on 16th June 1976 where thousands of black students were protesting against having to learn in Afrikaans during the Apartheid regime. It is important to me because it marks a day that changed the lives of South African youth forever because youth now have access to education that is taught in a medium of instruction that students can understand.

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The break of a new dawn: A journey of perseverance

We all have desires to break away from our current situations and to leave a mark. Well, that was me; a girl from Emdeni, a place where failure is the order of the day and success is just a myth. I only had one vision in mind which was to turn the myth into a reality. At that time, I had no clue how I was going to achieve my dream. The only thing I had at my disposal was an urge to avoid failure.

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