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Women writing for women during Women’s Month II

Caroline Smart, Trish Holdengarde, Sue Rakoczy IHM - 2011-08-17

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Caroline Smart, voice coach (speech), actress, director, arts journalist and theatre/dance judge.

No progress can be made in any field by being dictatorial, offensive or patronising. The quality of communication is immeasurable and I would urge every woman to empower herself with this skill – to gain the capacity to teach, inform, criticise or analyse in a way that is positive rather than negative.

Trish Holdengarde, strategic business intuitive, intuitive coach and businesswoman

My deepest aspiration for all women of South Africa is that they respect themselves and their sisters enough to speak out boldly and very loudly against the growing scourge of incest and sexual abuse. No woman, young or old, should ever have to suffer in silence. Speaking out is your right and when enough women do, our justice system will have to listen. The shame is not yours. It belongs to the perpetrators of this most villainous of deeds, and to those in power who don't hear our voices.

Sue Rakoczy IHM, theologian, writer

I hope that women in this country and around the world will find that no barrier -social, cultural, religious – will prevent them from achieving their desires.

Zohra Sooliman, co-founder of Careline, Gift of the Givers’ Counselling Services.

Lisa Gallagher rightly said, “Do unto yourself as you would do unto others.” We often forget that we need to take care of ourselves, so dear sisters, fill up your lamps for yourself so that your flame can keep glowing and brightening our world. 

Glenn Flanagan, cultural tourism developer, winner of the French Legion of Honour

My deepest aspirations for women in South Africa? To walk free of the shackles of patriarchal oppression and not to embrace the shackles of American-style consumerism.

Shafinaaz Hassim, sociologist, author whose research focuses on documenting political and feminist narrative in South Africa

As a society we still have a lot of healing to do. There is something weighted about the responsibilities facing especially women in South Africa in the coming years, and while I have confidence that women will be able to carry out the efforts required of them, I want to say that those women of strength who are the ones doing real work behind the scenes are the ones we need in leadership positions. It is time we acknowledged authentic female strength at every level of social, political and economic life in South Africa. The quality of our collective future depends on this.

Phillippa Yaa de Villiers, performer, poet, mother

I cannot say better than Maya Angelou what I wish for all women, because she's already said it in her best poem ever, so I'll just wish every woman tons of self-respect and the time and space to really become who she yearns to be. Even if it's only for a minute or an afternoon, just knowing how it feels will give her a map to find her way back. If I were a millionaire I would send all my girls to karate and tai chi with my Sensei, who's the best teacher in the world.