Women’s Day Assembly 2018

On 2 August 2018, the Grade 12 History girls of Rustenburg Girls’ High School  organised the annual Women’s Day assembly. The objective was to commemorate the powerful women who came before us and what they fought for.

The assembly began with the senior Marimba Band playing “Oceans” with Taylor Hall on drums. This was followed by an eye-opening clip of a documentary of the Women’s March in 1956. This monumental march, which allowed for the voices of 20 000 women to be heard, is the core reason that we celebrate Women’s Day. These inspirational women made a mark in history as so many other women have too.

To celebrate and show respect to the many female activists; Bronwyn Kruger, Alice Bonnes and Dakota Steyn shared their poems. Bronwyn’s poem targeted female empowerment and the strength of a woman; Alice gave a tribute to Lillian Ngoyi through her words and Dakota’s poem explained and expressed the topic of identity.  An exceptional film – edited, filmed and written by Ashiqa Hassan – was shown. The film encouraged the girls to fight like Coretta Scott King and be front line activists for what they believe in.

The assembly ended with the showcase of Adwoa Danso’s original song, “We Stand in Power” (listen below). The beautiful lyrics carried across the integral message that all women are fighters and that all of us must stick together to conquer the hardships and inequalities that we face.

Rustenburg’s Head of History, Mr van Dyk, had a few words to share on the assembly: “Today’s Women’s Day assembly connected very well with what’s happening in society at the moment. It reflected the abuse of women and the transformation of discussions on gender issues. Through the song, the idea was to get women to be powerful in raising issues in a united way…”

Written by Zaina Abrahams

Photo by Megan Cusens

Women’s Day Assembly & POSTER EXHIBITION 

PROGRAMME

Bronwyn Kruger ended off her Key-note address at this year’s Women’s Day assembly with these words:

“I know this seems like a lot to fight for and that it’s scary to face such a huge challenge. But that’s when you can look backwards – at the activists who came before you. Be inspired by their courage and let their strength help you when it’s time for you to look forwards again.”

The assembly and the exhibition in the Kemp foyer reflected the positive creative power of the Class of 2018. Follow the links to experience the atmosphere of a very special assembly.

Entrance Song: Alicia Keys “Superwoman”

  1. Senior Marimba Band: Oceans with Taylor Hall on drums
  2.  Welcome + overview + contextualizing the Exhibition: Deaviah Moodley
  3. Women’s March 1956: Short documentary clip
  4. Why we should commemorate and celebrate Women’s Day: Bronwyn Kruger – read her speech and poem
  5. Alice Bonnes: Lillian Ngoyi tribute – read her poem
  6. “Fight like Coretta”- film by  Ashiqa Hassan – watch her film
  7. Dakota Steyn: IDENTITY – read her poem
  8. Closing words: Natasha Espag
  9. Final Song: “We stand in Power” Lyrics and music by Adwoa Danso Piano: Kaitlin Downie. Sung by Adwoa Danso and chorus by the 12 History Class – Listen to her song.

Words:

We Stand in Power

We are women connected by a history
We’ve walked a long road, and struggled to be free
They try to break us, chain us, silence us with fear
And underestimated the power that we bear

(Pre Chorus)
We raise our fists And stand as one
And when the opposition starts to run, We…

(Chorus)
Hold onto each other
And rise above
From sister to sister
Support and love

We’re here to empower
We shall overcome
We stand as women
We stand as one

We stand in power
And then still some

Each day we wake up on a battlefield
The time has passed on over to keep your strength concealed
There are sisters still that battle all alone
We are warriors and victory is home

(Pre Chorus)
We raise our fists And stand as one
And when the opposition starts to run, We…

(Chorus)
Hold onto each other
And rise above
From sister to sister
Support and love

We’re here to empower
We shall overcome
We stand as women
We stand as one

We stand in power
And then still some

Final Verse:

Mmmmmmm… Their time is up
Our time is now
Said they’re Time is up
And our time is now
Know your worth
And claim your crown
As the royalty we all are born to be, please,

(Chorus)
Hold onto each other
And rise above
From sister to sister
Support and love

We’re here to empower
we shall overcome
We stand as women
We stand as one

We stand in power
And then still some