BREAKING FREE: Shaking her chains is Carin Bester, part of the Cape Town Total Shutdown march against woman abuse and gender violence.
As Women’s Day is drawing nearer, women of all spheres of life need to realise their worth.

Women do not have to be abused. Whether it is mentally, physically or psychologically. Women should know it and empower themselves.

Women deserve and need to be treated with the utmost respect, dignity and love. They should not allow someone else’s actions to dictate their reactions to any given situation. After all, they are part of God’s beautiful design.

Self-worth and self-acceptance are only two factors which will enable us to get to the point where we can realise how strong we truly are.

And you, woman, were created for much greater things.

For some of us it seems right to die a little bit every time in order to live for or find ourselves again. And the end result will be phenomenal: like the girls and women we are meant to be.

If you truly want to become the best version of yourself, you have to exude the confidence that only a woman who knows her worth would have.

You have it within yourself to step up and step out.

Let us, sisters, do it for ourselves!

* Rianna Wentzel, Grassy Park.

** The views expressed here are not necessarily those of Independent Media.

Cape Argus