MOM’s mother-of-four has slammed the sexist attitudes of the mainstream media for failing to show a stronger, more empowering picture of women’s futures.
In her first interview since she quit the organisation, MOM, who has a four-year-old daughter, said the media are failing to address a wider range of issues.
“We are in the middle of a massive gender imbalance that exists in our society,” she said.
“This is why women and girls need to start looking at their futures differently.”
What we have to do is be ready.
We need to know that there is a future.
We have to be able to have a family, and that there are other options.
“I don’t want to see young girls living with fear and hopelessness.
That is what I’m worried about, that they will not be able go to university and to have the life that they need to live.”
They have to understand that the future that we are working towards is better than what we have now.
“It is the future of the future.”
She added that many women who have been involved in the movement to be included in mainstream society had suffered abuse.
“The biggest problem that we have is that the media don’t have the power to put out the stories that are needed,” she told The ABC.
“If we can talk to each other, and we can get people to listen to each others voices, we can change the landscape of the media.”
Women’s issues have to start at home.
We are all mothers and we are all victims of violence.
“For me, it is not just about the numbers of people I have seen in my time, but the way I see them.”
Ms Mombela is one of a number of prominent women to join a petition calling for women to be allowed to work as full-time employees.
The petition, which has gathered more than 150,000 signatures, calls on the Government to recognise a woman’s right to full- time employment, and to create a national employment strategy that recognises women’s role in the workforce.
The women’s group said it would also be asking the Government for a guarantee that women would not be forced to stay at home to care for children, as the Government’s Equal Pay Guarantee (EPG) would not apply to them.
“As a woman I am also a mother and I am a victim of domestic violence,” Ms Mombola said.
“I know that I have to take responsibility for my life.
I have no choice.”