GEORGE NEWS - Today is National Women’s Day, an annual public holiday in South Africa that commemorates the national march of women on this day in 1956 to petition against legislation that required African persons to carry the ‘pass’ – a special identification document which limited an African’s freedom of movement during the apartheid era.
On August 9, 1956, 20 000 women staged a march to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to protest against the proposed amendments to the Urban Areas Act (commonly known as the pass laws) of 1950.
The women left bundles of petitions containing more than 100 000 signatures at the office doors of Prime Minister JG Strijdom.
During the march the women sang a protest song that was composed in honour of the occasion: Wathint’ Abafazi Wathint’ imbokodo! Which translates to Now you have touched the women, you have struck a rock.
The march was led by Lilian Ngoyi, Helen Joseph, Albertina Sisulu and Sophia Williams-De Bruyn.
Since August 9, 1994, the day has been commemorated annually and is known as National Women’s Day in South Africa.
Knysna Women’s Day event
The Knysna Municipality invites all the women in the Knysna municipal area to come together for a Women’s Day celebration at Knysna Secondary School today.
The day’s programme starts at 10:00 and includes live entertainment, displays pertaining to a variety of women’s issues and two guest speakers – Thabisa Xhalisa (former Knysna resident and UCT lecturer) and Jennifer Hartnick (Group Editors’ Most Inspiring Woman of the Garden Route and Little Karoo 2010).
All women from the area are welcome to attend.
For more information, contact Nozuko Mbatani on 044 302 6356 or Jacky Kalani on 044 302 6300.
Happy Women's Day!
Posted on: 08:00 Tue, 09 August 2011
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