On Sunday 9 August we celebrate Women’s Day – a day we remember women coming together to demand change in an unjust world. Stellenbosch boasts with many inspirational and influential women who are promoting change and have blazed the trail for other women to follow suit.
Prof Thuli Madonsela is probably best known for her role as the Public Protector of South Africa from 19 October 2009 to 14 October 2016. Currently she is the Law Trust Chair in Social Justice and Law Professor at the University of Stellenbosch. Madonsela focuses on social justice research and also founded the Tuma Foundation, which is a social enterprise that focuses on democracy leadership and literacy. She was also one of the drafters of the Constitution. She is known for her integrity and fearlessness – priceless qualities in a person.
Norma blazed the trail for female winemakers in South Africa. With her husband, they founded the well-known Warwick Estate, just outside Stellenbosch. As a pioneer for women in wine, she was one of the first women in South Africa to make wine – and was also self-taught. She was also the first woman to become a member of the Cape Winemakers’ Guild. Her contribution to the wine industry in South Africa made her a recipient of the 1659 Medal of Honour – another first as the first woman to receive the award. Norma is part of the Cape Winemakers’ Guild protegé programme, which trains young winemakers to enter the industry.
Owner and Chair of De Morgenzon Wine Estate in Stellenbosch, Wendy is known for her philanthropy. She lives by the principle “The more you have the more responsibility you have to share it with those who don’t.” With her foundation, the Wendy Appelbaum Foundation, she focuses on programmes that address mainly the health and education interests and concerns of South African women. She was also the Deputy-Chairman of the first women controlled company to list on the JSE.
Ways to celebrate:
The Virtual Artscape’s Women’s Humanity Arts Fest
Between 9 – 13 August, The Artscape Theater will hold a variety of live and pre-recorded events, such as dance and theater performances, podcasts and panel discussions. The theme this year is ‘Freedom and Inclusivity for All Humanity’, and is focusing on the gender-based violence problem in South Africa. The Women’s Humanity Walk will take place virtually this year, taking a tour through Cape Town, with a special focus on sites that relate to women from the past and the present. You can view the programme here, and attend the events on the Artscape’s website.
SPAR’s Women’s Virtual Challenge
This running and walking event is all about celebrating women’s resilience and positivity. Women are encouraged to run their own route in solidarity with other women, taking place on 26 September. For every entry, a food parcel will be donated to a survivor of gender-based violence (GBV). With limited entries of 30 000, make sure to secure yours now – and get your complimentary race pack.
Jordan Wine estate
To celebrate women, Jordan Wine Estate is holding an afternoon tea. You can enjoy various desserts and pastries, with their famous Black Magic coffee and artisanal teas. While you’re there, you can enjoy the spectacular views as well as walk along the dam. Don’t forget to do your part by donating clothes to the Jordan clothing collection. Spots for the tea event are filling up quickly so book yours today.
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Written by C Knoesen