Women's Month Awareness
Women's Month 2019
1 to 31 August
South Africa commemorates Women’s Month in August.
Women’s Month takes place against a backdrop of an increase in the levels of violence and brutality against women and children in our society.
The day marks the Women’s March to the Union Buildings on 9 August 1956. On that day up to 20 000 women of all races, class and religious persuasions protested against the extension of Pass Laws. The march was a turning point in the role of women in the struggle for freedom and our society at large.
The national celebrations will also include the National Dialogues on Violence against Women to help combat the continued scourge of violent attacks and abuse against women. The dialogues are a platform for deepening democracy whilst ensuring safer and crime-free communities especially for women and children.
“My will shall shape the future. Whether I fail or succeed shall be no one’s doing but my own. I am the force. I can clear any obstacle before me, or I can be lost in the maze. My choice. My responsibility. Win or lose; only I hold the key to my destiny.” - Elaine Maxwell
Successful women leaders have these 5 attributes in common
Successful women often share a few key characteristics that are worth taking note of.
1. They are experts in communication
Being able to communicate effectively is perhaps the most important of all life skills. It is what enables us to pass information to other people, and to understand what is said to us.
2. They are self-aware
A good leader needs to have insight into her own strengths, weaknesses, values and goals as this is instrumental in defining who we want to be and where we want to go.
3. They use their power – wisely
With self-awareness comes the ability to draw on your personal strengths, to have the influence and impact you want to have as a leader. This is an incredibly powerful experience.
4. They believe in themselves …
Closely linked to confidence and determination is the need for self-belief – believing in yourself and what you are doing will give you confidence when others question and doubt you.
5. … and they don’t give up easily
We can draw on the wisdom and success of women. Women can improve their chances of success by building the skills that will help them to stand out.
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