I’m going to be honest - the start of August brings with it a lot of insincere, inauthentic “Women’s Month” bullsh** that only scratches the surface of the problems that women face with very few results that actually make an impact of the problems faced by the country's women.
It also gives people the chance to contribute to the conversation while it’s still topical before they move onto another hot topic. Even people with wide platforms and access to large audiences are guilty of this but there are a select few who champion the cause of the advancement of women’s rights all year long, let us celebrate them.
1. Bonnie Mbuli
Never one to shy away from difficult conversations, Mbuli is always at the forefront of raising important issues in addition to doing her part in an effort to shift the status quo
2. Rami Chuene
Chuene is one of the many women that comes to mind when one hears the phrase “boss bitch” - not just for the roles she plays but for the mindset she holds and her ability to challenge those who take to the interwebs to spread vile, misinformed nonsense.
I don’t know about the rest of you but I was under the mistaken impression that Boity would be one of those ZAlebs who shies away from challenging and controversial conversations all to protect her brand.
We appreciate the fact that in addition to advocating for self confidence and strength in women, she challenges the archaic ideas about how women should behave.
4. LeAnne Dlamini
Dlamini’s most popular effort to date is her end-girl hate campaign. While I am personally averse to this idea that any time a woman dares challenge or criticise another, it is perceived as “girl-on-girl” hate, I still believe that bullying amongst women over trivial things is a problem that needs to be addressed.
Kudos to LeAnne for working towards being the change she wants to see.
5. Samkelo Ndlovu
When it comes to telling off trolls and her fellow celebs (and even us sometimes), Samkelo has zero f***s to give and we appreciate that. Sometimes, the only way someone will understand the pointlessness of what they are saying is when you meet them on their level.
6. Florence Masebe
We’re grateful to have Masebe share her thoughts on everything from women’s rights, patriarchy and sexism to poverty, inequality and other social issues.
7. Cassper Nyovest
Very few men are willing to introspect whenever topics such as abuse and rape are brought to the fore so we appreciate Cass for not only being real enough to call out his peers and fans but for also being the change he wants to see in the world.
8. Maps Maponyane
Speaking of men who are willing to do the work, Maps has been an exemplary individual in this regard.
All the aforementioned ZAlebs serve as an example of the effort we should all put into challenging and finding solutions for the problems faced by the women of South Africa and the world at large.
9. Thando Thabethe
Whether she's raising funds by showing her banging body, hosting jarring photoshoots to raise awareness for domestic abuse or hosting her annual celebrity netball challenge, Thando is all about advancing the rights of other women.
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