Why Women’s Day Is Important and How to Celebrate Admirable Women
The 9th of August is Women’s Day in South Africa. But, one day seems hardly enough, and so by extension, the entire month of August has been proclaimed Women’s month.
Here’s what Women’s day (or month) has come to mean in South Africa and how to celebrate it.
Why Celebrate Women?
Women’s Day, held annually on the 9th of August in South Africa, began as a commemoration of the powerful impact that women had during the struggle. Since its inception in 1005, it has evolved to mean so much more.
It is the spirit of tenacity present in all South African women that we celebrate each year.
We celebrate the thought leaders, the entrepreneurs, the compassionate, and the pioneers. Those women who are driven by strong morals and unwavering ambition. Those who stand up for their beliefs as well as the dignity of others.
You don’t have to look very far to find a woman who possesses such virtuous characteristics.
Moms, daughters, wives, bosses. Every woman brings something special to the table—and our lives simply wouldn’t be the same without them.
The 8th of March is International Women’s Day. South Africa’s Women’s Day holds historical significance and is observed as a national holiday.
Ways to Celebrate Women’s Month
There’s no chance of mistakenly overlooking one of the remarkable women in your life as you have the whole of August to send your gifts of admiration.
Corporate gifts for Women’s Day
Women’s month is of utmost importance in corporate South Africa. As a country, we’ve made great strides with better female representation in the labour market since 1994, but, the stats are still below 50%. The government encourages employment and upskilling of women in the workforce.
It’s customary to acknowledge all female workers during Women’s month. Most companies will arrange small gifts for their female employees. Businesses will also send corporate gifts to ladies in senior management positions to celebrate their accomplishment in breaking gender stereotypes.
Support local women-owned businesses
The spotlight lies very much on female entrepreneurs and business leaders. Women-owned businesses deserve tremendous praise. Such an accomplishment was near impossible as little as 30 years ago.
What a better way to celebrate women’s day than by sending gifts from women-owned businesses! Add a note with your gift letting your recipient know about the gift’s origin too.
Here are few of the women founded and managed brands that we stock.
Give thanks to your personal support group and role models
Let’s not forget the everyday heroines in our lives!
They may not be CEO’s, members of parliament, or about to jet off in outer space—but they are no less important. On the contrary, we’d venture to say they are MOST important. These are ladies who helped you get to where you are today.
She made you who you are today. There for every smile and every tear. She knows when to give you words of encouragement and when to stoke a fire under you behind. Mom’s hold superpowers that other mere mortals can’t begin to imagine.
Siblings by birth and best friends by choice.
Older or younger, it makes no difference; your sister’s love has always been at your side.
Big sisters protect and shield with fierce sisterly love. There are no better cheerleaders in life than little sisters!
The sisters we choose
Remember your best girlfriends as well. They brighten the gloomiest days. They’re always there for you with helpful advice and, if that’s not enough, then they definitely know how to make you laugh.
She’s the matriarch. She’s seen (and most probably done) it all. She is wise and caring. She’s the only person who can still reprimand your mom!
These are the silent and strong, brave woman who laid the foundations that modern woman have built their lives upon. Without their contributions to the past modern woman may have had a different future.
Women’s Day Promotion
We have a confession to make. Hamper World is a Woman-owned business too. We can’t help but be a little biased when it comes to celebrating this occasion. Only, we’re giving you a gift instead.