Experiencing the constitutional tour was an eye opener for me. We got to see how the living standards of jails back in the Apartheid Era were like as well as gather the type of conditions different race groups had to adhere to because of their skin colour. For example, if you were black you did not have the option to have coffee, however if you were white you were able to enjoy coffee everyday.
The Constitution is the supreme law of our Nation, while the Bill of rights is the cornerstone of South Africa’s Democracy. It states the Rights of all people and affirms the values of Human dignity, Equality and Freedom.Raisa our tour guide is so passionate about her job that when she was taking us around her place of work we all could feel her warmth and inspiration behind all she does which is centered a lot around helping people.
‘It made me aware of my rights as a woman, people suffered for my freedom and now I’m able to achieve whatever I want and be whoever I want to be! ‘– reflected Karabo Maseko
Women in our country have always had challenges and the struggle to be seen and more importantly heard still continues today… our rights may be equal in the view of our constitution however the responsibility we all claim from them may differ in perspective realities.
My friend Kamohelo says” she feels fortunate to be born in a democratic country that recognises her strength and capabilities as a women.”
I feel our power as Women will always be in how we treat each other- women to women ,the empowering and upliftment of our gender requires us to recognise ourselves in others stories,convictions, beliefs and missions. What i got from this trip is that Freedom is truth and the laws are there to reveal and manage it… Progress will march on ,Human rights are for everybody, there is no diifference. Our objective as citizens is to know our rights and in so doing we are able to share and inform others , so we continue building a Democracy we can all be proud of.
I AM BECAUSE WE ARE!
By: Deleah Ogle; SEED loan recipient