Celebrating Khoisan women

Mary Jansen, chairperson of Khoe San Indigenous Women in Africa KIWIA).

In celebration of International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples as well as National Women’s Day (August 9), the Khoisan indigenous women highlighted the role they play in the healing of the Khoisan Nation, according to Mary Jansen, chairperson of the Khoe San Indigenous Women in Africa (KIWIA).

The guest speakers at the Retreat civic centre on Saturday August 19 included councillor Kevin Southgate and Pastor Mark Killian.

Pastor Killian said: “Firstly the event was very well organised and it is very important to honour the marginalised women of our nation.

“Women were pivotal in changing the landscape of our nation, are the light in the home and will continue to play a significant role in defining the future of our nation.”

Mark Killian and Zenzile Khoisan

Mr Southgate said: “The focus was on the historical significance of the role played by Eva Kratoa. While focus is always on the role of 20 000 women marching to the Union Buildings we forget about the role of people like Krotoa.”

He said the event, “acknowledged and appreciated the role played by women in the development and sustainability of the Khoi culture”.