9 August 2015 is Women’s Day in South Africa. This day commemorates 9 August 1956, when over 20 000 women participated in a march petitioned against pass laws that were oppressive to African women. Read more about this march here.
To commemorate this day, Zimbabwean artist, Ruramai “Rudo” Musekiwa created a Sibahle Poster Series that features Phenomenal African Women. Some of the women featured include, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, Albertina Sisulu, Miriam Makeba, Alek Wek, Lupita Nyong’o, Wangari Maathai and Lira.
Rudo says that she created this poster series, because she believes that young girls can and should find inspiration right here, within the African continent.
“Women are the pillars of our society, and it is imperative that we pay homage to their inspirational respective crafts, and also understand how their purpose is connected to others (Ubuntu).”
“Sibahle is a growing movement founded by Ruramai ‘Rudo’ Musekiwa. It’s a celebration of Africanism through the use of creative mediums and activations, an eclectic lifestyle brand with the African woman at the helm of its vision. The word “Sibahle” means: WE ARE BEAUTIFUL The overarching vision of this movement is that every African person that becomes aware of this space, internalises this truth. We are beautiful in all our unique and colorful ways and it is only when we fully embrace the beauty that lies in our uniqueness that we can truly live from a place of power.”