Name: Luleka Mhlanzi
Facebook: Luleka Mhlanzi Ndlangisa
What is the essence of being a woman to you?
It is it understanding that my breathing is beyond gender, beyond societal stereotypes. I am what I create of myself.
What is your super power?
Realism, also I do not even begin to be judgmental.
What words would you use to describe yourself?
I am god, a mother, writer, performer, feminist and all the other nice words.
Do you relate to Women’s Month? If yes, why is it significant to you? If no, why is it not significant to you?
As much as I understand that women must be celebrated at all times however I think Women’s Month is necessary as a birth mark reminder of women, just like birth months.
They say behind every man is a strong woman, is this a statement you relate to?
The problem is “behind”. Why would the strength of a woman be put behind?
How do you think society perceives women?
Society is the worst, women are tokens, not human enough.
How are you #CommittedToChange in your role as a woman?
I am a feminist and realist every day, in my life and encounters with people.
What do you think the role of women is in developing the country?
The role of a woman is to BE. Then it is to empower as many women as possible into contributing to our country’s economy and state of spirituality.
In a world that favours men, how are you fulfilling your role as a woman?
By educating as many women as possible about patriarchy and feminism, by unlearning all stereotypes dehumanising women, and by taking charge and responsibility for my future without dependence.
In your words, what would South Africa look like if it had a female president?
It would be a great turning point for women-recognition. It will teach society that a woman can be in power without threatening the fragile masculinity of men.
Given what you know now, what advice would you give to your younger self?
You are on the right track.