On September 26, 2019 The Duchess of Sussex met South African female leaders in the public sector, to learn more about their work and celebrate the contribution each one of them has made to their country and communities.
“On Thursday we convened a meeting of minds – a group of women ranging from a legendary anti-apartheid activist, female parliamentarians, professors, educators and policy makers to discuss the rights of women in South Africa. In the lead up to this tour it weighed heavily on my heart to see the countless violations against women, and I wanted to spend my time on the ground learning about the situation at hand.
One of the guests, Sophia Williams-De Bruyn was just 18 years old when in 1956 she led 20,000 women to march on the Union Buildings in Pretoria in protest of apartheid pass laws. She is the last living leader of the march, and today, a symbol of those who fight for fundamental human rights – For her it is simple – she fights for what is right.
Issues of gender inequality affect women throughout the world, independent of race, color, creed, or socioeconomic background. In the last week I’ve met with women from all walks of life – religious leaders such as the first female rabbi in Capetown, grassroots leaders in Nyanga at Mbokodo, community activists, parliamentarians, and so many more.
In sitting down with these forward thinkers, it was abundantly clear – it is not enough to simply hope for a better future; the only way forward is “hope in action.” I’m eager to spend the next few days in South Africa continuing to learn, listen and absorb the resilience and optimism I’ve felt here.“ Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Sussex
My life is not easy at all, there are many struggles and am #grateful for every #blessing & every challenge I face. Life is much more than worldly success. The best way to show my gratitude for what I have been blessed with, is through obedience to God #RoyalVisitSouthAfrica pic.twitter.com/1Q0FQK8xkc
— Mamokgethi Phakeng (@FabAcademic) September 29, 2019