Being a woman means being strong and purposeful in what God called you for. Being a woman means being a rock, a backbone and a pillar of strength in times of weakness.
During the apartheid era, women's role was primarily a domestic one; it included child rearing and seeing to the well-being, feeding and care of the family. They were not expected to concern themselves with matters outside the home – that was more properly the domain of men. Economic activity beyond the home (in order to help feed and clothe the family) was acceptable, but not considered ‘feminine'.
Being a black woman in apartheid South Africa was hard; every day was a constant struggle for survival against a ruthless regime and system. Each day would bring new challenges and the promise of further humiliation and suffering.
However, with the rise of the industrial economy, the growth of towns and (certainly in the case of indigenous societies) the development of the migrant labour system, these prescriptions on the role of women, as we shall see, came to be overthrown.
The position of women was inferior; the men took all the major decisions both in society at large and within the home, but gone are those days. Women these days are enjoying every single moment in this democratic country. Most of them are independent, unlike back in the days when they had to rely on men to put food on the table for them and their kids.
They now own lucrative businesses. With the profits they make in their businesses, they are able to put food on the table for their kids.
They are able to wear anything they are comfortable in, be it mini-skirts, sarongs and skimpy shorts among others. women play an important role in supporting their households and communities for achieving food and nutrition security, creating income, and improving livelihoods and overall well-being.
They are now getting power even in rural areas. In many countries now women are the head of the state. Education has made women independent and they are no longer dependent on men to lead their lives. Business laws have changed to allow more women in the workplace and giving them a comfortable environment to work in.
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