The anniversary of the #TheTotalShutdown intersectional march on the 1 August 2018 is upon us and I thought I should reflect on the journey since then.
No doubt the march placed violence against women and the girl child in the centre (of South Africans' consciousness) and emboldened more women to speak out. We managed to reiterate that issues of violence against women are not the purview of women only, that men must confront their male fragility and recognise that humanity is not male, as aptly said by Simon de Beauvoir in 1949.
The conversations around gender-based violence and femicide have raged since then and even found expression in the many manifestos of political parties contesting the 2019 general elections.
More women have unmasked themselves and bravely shown their faces as survivors of rape, sexual harassment, sexual assault and economic violence.
And for those women killed, their voices were carried and are still being carried by the women who marched and continue to march.