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The Women’s Issue

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I feel as though 2022 is just on a “flow with it or get caught in the rip curl if you fight it”.

Hear me out – I love controlling my environment and managing, planning as much as I can to ensure I can control as much as possible. I am a plan A, B, C and D girl… but 2022 has chucked all that out.
I had big plans for 2022, not to say I have utterly failed, but I had to take a huge step back and go back to the mindset of a learner and intern in my own company. Growth does that, it forces one back into humility.

This editor’s note, unlike my other notes, is brief – as I’d like to call on all of us to do a little introspection:
Are you feeling lost and stuck because you are stuck and lost or are you feeling that way because you are resisting change that needs you to move beyond this point and grow?

Here’s a realisation I have had; I have become so unstitched and undone this year feeling as though things aren’t moving forward. I was indeed needing to go back to ‘school’ and find the tools to take forward in tearing down the next barrier on the journey forward. A lot of shedding was happening, a lot of unlearning old habits that don’t work for me and my journey but perhaps were learned and observed and taken on for my past self… they are simply not fit for me on this current chapter of my journey. My mind and body have tried and failed to comprehend the transitions that the spirit needs to push through.

My schooling has come in the form of turning inward and doing a little more self-work, self-assessment… the lonely work that we tend to avoid. We love what we know, we love education because it allows us to move in a calculated manner, but the internal work and compass, that’s hard. The courage to do so, to push the door open one learning at a time allows the mind and body to let go of the resistance – yes it is uncomfortable – embrace that. Remember that if you are okay staying comfortable, you will inevitably remain stagnant.

In this edition of AoS Mag, I’d like us to take a step back into ourselves and unstuck ourselves. Get out of your own mud, get the water out of your eyes. Yes, I see you paddling frantically, duck swimming in one spot. Threading that water aimlessly. Get out, sit on the shore, breathe and go within. Who were you before your education? When was the last time you introduced yourself as your name, and passion? When last did your favourite thing supersede your work title or what you’re professionally known for? Build your dream raft as you sit there on that shore. Build it starting with the things you want in life. How are you? If today you are a caterpillar cocooned, what’s your butterfly era going to look like?

“Each of us has the right and the responsibility to assess the roads which lie ahead, and those over which we have travelled, and if the future road looms ominous or unpromising, and the roads back uninviting, then we need to gather our resolve and, carrying only the necessary baggage, step off that road into another direction.” – Maya Angelou

The Art of Storytelling

The Sit Down – Netflix’s Leading Ladies Nambitha Ben-Mazwi & Khanyi Mbau

Ever felt guilty for eavesdropping on a conversation between a group of girlfriends who aren’t afraid of being open, honest and vulnerable? Me neither! And here’s why, there’s always so many gems dropped when women commune.

Listen, not only are these Leading Ladies of Netflix the real deal, they are also committed to giving us their best through their craft. Taking on and bringing to life other people’s emotions and stories can be mentally taxing. We talk about the role that mental health, spirituality and culture play in informing the ladies why behind their storytelling.   

Does art imitate life or life imitate art? Hear what these two powerhouse thespians had to say to Olwethu about that. Oh, you might as well get comfortable at this point, you’re part of the conversation. Welcome to The Art of Storytelling with Nambitha Ben-Mazwi and Khanyi Mbau!

The Sit Down – Netflix’s Leading Ladies, Mellisa Kiplagat and Osas Ighodaro

Whenever we think about our Sit Down with Melissa and Osas we can’t help but start humming Queen Bey’s “Energy” and we cannot stop smiling – because who wouldn’t after spending just 2 minutes with these two Leading Ladies of Netflix Africa? 

Melissa a leading lady we have come to love from shows such as Country Queen and Osas who stars in some of our favourites shows, Man of God and Smart Money Woman – what is there not to love?!

With smart, intentional, purpose led women like this at the forefront of storytelling, we can promise you one thing, our stories are in very safe hands.  Pour yourself something yummy to sip on, sit back and ensure that you are comfortable. Now, take in all the joy!

Editor’s Note: August 2022

“Hear me out – I love controlling my environment and managing, planning as much as I can to ensure I can control as much as possible.”

In this months editors note, Olwethu Leshabane invites us to join her in reflecting on our relationship with control.

Our Bodies Are Not a Political Playground

The Politicisation of Women’s Reproductive Health Women’s reproductive health and abortion rights are highly politicised issues both on global and national levels. While some countries move their policies and laws in a more liberal direction, others move towards tougher restrictions. This article will explore the relationship between politics and women’s reproductive health and unequal access to sexual and reproductive health services for young women.

Behind the Lens: Women Photographers

In celebration of World Photography Day Art of Superwoman profiles female photographers.

 

Our Wombs Hold Power

According to holistic health practitioner, wellness coach, and NYT best-selling author Queen Afua, “the condition of women’s wombs also directly reflects the condition of women’s minds, spirits, and actions. The womb is a storehouse of all our emotions. In this article doula and massage therapist, Tiana Taylor talks about the benefits of womb massage.

Women and Queer Community: Honesty, Accountability and Solidarity a Must!

Jamil F. Khan invites us to truthfully examine our role in upholding patriarchal systems that are divisive and harmful to the fem community as a whole.