stronger women stand up for others too >> hosted by Cllr Sarah Wissler & Ward 23

VIRAGO: (n) a strong, brave woman of great stature & courage who demonstrates exemplary & heroic qualities

Ward 23 Area is
Bassonia, Glenanda, Glenvista, Mulbarton, Liefde 'n Vrede, Aspen, Rispark, Patlynn, Mayfield Park & Kibler Island

On 9 August 1956, 20,000 women of all ages and races marched to the Union Buildings. They were protesting against the pass laws that restricted the movement of women in South Africa.

Four of these women who led the march were Helen Joseph, Rahima Moosa, Sophy Williams and Lilian Ngoyi. A petition was delivered to the office of the prime minister, JG Strydom. These women were angry and frustrated at having their freedom of movement restricted by the official pass laws enforced by the government.

During the march the wome sang:

"When you strike a woman you strike a rock, you will be crushed".

We owe much to these powerful women who paved the way for us today.

We have many strong women in our community who have contributed in their own way. Being strong yet with enough compassion to run the CPF, being available to victims of crime and giving trauma counselling. Running a children's home with the stress of finding donors to feed and clothe the children. Helping to preserve our natural habitat our area is so proud of. Taking care of wild life in our reserves. Helping those in need and donating time and money to local safe houses and places of safety.

Melinda Gates; "A woman with a voice is, by definition, a strong woman".
Margaret Thatcher; " If you want something said ask a man, if you want something done ask a woman".
Eleanor Roosevelt; "Nobody can make you feel inferior without your permission".

Cllr Sarah Wissler; "Don't forget you're the person you were meant to be and you are can be a true inspiration and rock of strength to others in our community.  You are UNIQUE. You are POWERFUL. You are STRONG. You are VERY CAPABLE.

The VIRAGO AWARD is to recognise women in Ward 23 who have been phenomenal in some way, either by helping somebody or doing something exceptional in and for the community. These woman are often in the background and the 'unsung heroes'.

This event strives to change that and have their selfless acts acknowledged. To bring about that change we depend on your nominations.
We look forward to receiving these from you and thank you in advance.

Rahima Moosa

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Rahima Moosa
Together with Helen Joseph, Lillian Ngoyi and Sophia Williams, Rahima spearheaded the historic march to the Union Buildings where women handed over petitions against pass laws. Rahima and her twin sister Fatima always managed to confuse the security branch officer as they could easily switch identities, in times of harassment. 14 October 1922 - 29 May 1993

Helen Joseph

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Helen Joseph
She was fond of quoting an item that appeared in a political "gossip" column in 1970. Writer, Joel Mervis, described an imaginary meeting of Nationalist Party supporters, in which a speaker thundered: "We have the finest army in the world, the finest navy, the finest airforce - what do we have to be afraid of? A voice at the back: "HELEN JOSEPH!". 8 April 1905 - 25 December 1992

Lilian Ngoyi

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Lilian Ngoyi
Men are born into the system, and it is as if it has been a life tradition that they carry passes. We as woman have seen the treatment our men have - when they leave home in the morning you are not sure they will come back. We are taking it seriously. If the husband is to be arrested and the mother, what about the child? 25 September 1911 - 13 March 1980

Rahima Moosa, Lilian Ngoyi, Helen Joseph and Sophia Williams


This Event is ONLY valid for Successful Nominees

from Ward 23

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Please submit your nomination for the Ward 23 Virago Award recognition


Date  14 August 2019
Time 09h45 for 10h00
Dress Smart
Venue Turn 'n Tender,
Comaro View Shopping Centre
Soetdoring & Comaro St
Attending Guest speakers, dignitaries,
officials, Successful nominees & the Press
Nominate Nominate the woman you feel deserves to be recognised for her outstanding contribution within our  community

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