This collage examines women’s status in society, before and after colonisation. Pre-colonisation, women had a certain status (albeit never equal to a man) in society. Today, there is still a need to advocate for women to enter positions of power. We are still governed by chaste notions of how a woman should act, governed by tradition and what is termed our ‘culture’. Yet a closer examination will reveal that this is not truly our culture, but rather a Westernised notion that has been adopted and called our own. In my opinion, the advent of Independence has not changed women’s position in society over 70 years.
Editor’s Note: The artist featured is related to one of the Editors. Her piece was subject to the same editorial process as the other contributors.
To view more content around 70 years of Independence, click here.