Thursday, April 12, 2012

Give attentions to the dykes already!

I like the way South Africa, marks certain periods of the year to celebrate and honor certain groups of women. For example, August is marked as women’s month where women are celebrated the on the basis of the 1956 women’s march. This month sees campaigns and events that are held with an aim of highlighting the role of women in the socio-economic success of this country.

Then there is the global 16 days of activism against women abuse and children. Also a women empowering initiative, the campaign aims at demolishing or at least lessening gender violence while it fights for the recognition of women rights. It’s really heartwarming to see that there are means out there that are meant to celebrate and protect women.

However, there is one group of women that very less attention is paid to: lesbians. I’m not sure if it just me but out of all the women empowering campaigns and initiatives that are widely publicised I have not come across a single one that is designed to pay tribute to our lovely lesbian sisters. I, of course, stand to be corrected.

We are constantly reminded about all sorts of women’s rights, privileges, abilities and potential but nothing is ever mentioned about the existence of lesbians. Violation of lesbian rights, such as hate crime and rape is worryingly increasing but very less measure are taken to address this.

If this country aims to put an end to prejudice and discrimination, then all kind of our people must be equally celebrated and protected. 


  1. You have no idea how much I agree with you. You are absolutely correct. We've got the slut walk and gay pride parade and that's it. Crimes against lesbian women goes unpunished and unnoticed everywhere, not just SA. The problem is - homophobia and its rife in this country. It's disgusting that people still think you "chose" to be "gay or lesbian". That's the real. Homosexuality is not considered to be anything else but a 'lifestyle' choice and this simply is untrue... I can talk about this problem for days on end. Great work, as always!

  2. Thanks Rox! We have a loooong way to go before absolute freedom in South Africa.