Today is International Women’s Day. I honour and praise my mother and all the generations of brave and courageous women through whom I trace my existence from the beginning of time. The struggle to liberate women from the triple burden of race, class and gender is real. I call on all men to join me in taking responsibility for our acts of ommission and commission. Too many acts of abuse, rape, and femicide plague our society and we must bring it to an end. I am a son, a husband and father and it starts with me and it starts with you.
Let’s work together to build better homes and families, better communities and a proud nation. Let’s work together to restore the dignity of our mothers, wives, sisters and daughters in Africa and the world.
Nkosi Zwelivelile “Mandla” Mandela, chief of the Mvezo Traditional Council and grandson of famed South African President Nelson Mandela. Member of Parliament (MP) South Africa National Assembly. All articles by Nkosi Zwelivelile “Mandla” Mandela