I thought it quite appropriate to start this journey on the day that we, as South Africans, celebrate National Women’s Day. This day commemorates the 1956 march of approximately 20,000 women to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to petition against the then apartheid era’s pass laws. Today marks exactly 60 years since those brave women stood up and fought for their families and the generations to follow.
Fast forward 60 years later, and we have completely different battles to fight. Most of these battles are fought internally, some of these are scary, embarrassing or humiliating to confront. While some of us will bravely face our monsters, others hide away and suffer in silence.
And that is exactly why #AriseBeloved was born. I dream of a community of women supporting each other. A movement where we help, serve and encourage one another. Where we can relate, share and celebrate the rawness and authenticity of womanhood.
1 Thessalonians 5:11 asks us to “encourage each other and build each other up”. I find that we so often suffer in silence and worry about the same things, too scared to share our fears, hopes and dreams with others.
This is therefore a call to all of us to share our experiences, good and bad, in order to help and serve others. Whether you are dealing with loss or heartache, or rejoicing in a breakthrough or miracle, we would like to hear from you.
We are friends, sisters, daughters, mothers, girlfriends, lovers and wives, created in God’s image and reflecting the Creator to all.
If you would like to join in the movement, please send us your story to be featured on the blog. If you feel as though you can contribute by any means which includes, but is not limited to, photography and marketing, please contact us.
“Arise, my beloved, my beautiful one, come with me” Song of Songs 2:10