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Women’s Day is a public holiday commemorating the famous march that 20 000 women took to the Union Buildings in Pretoria in 1956.

The women marched in protest against the proposed amendments to the Urban Areas Act, known as “pass laws”, which required people designated as “black” by the South African government to apply for a travel pass just for travel within South Africa.

The purpose of the amendment was to maintain segregation and control migrant labour. This was part of the general apartheid policy of the time.

Women of all ethnic groups were outraged and indignant about these travel restrictions – and about apartheid in general.

They petitioned the government to change these policies, stood silently in protest outside the capital complex for half an hour, and sang a song that included the now-famous words, “You strike the women, you strike a rock!”

Leaders of the movement included Lilian Ngoyi, Sophia Williams, Rahima Moosa and Helen Joseph.

They bravely risked arrest to promote real change, and their efforts eventually paid off.

National Women’s Day was first celebrated in 1994, after democracy came to South Africa.

A re-enactment of the march was made on its 50th anniversary, and many of the original marchers were present.

National Women’s Day notes the progress of South African women from all walks of life. For example, in 1994, women constituted less than 3% of the South African parliament, while today they make up over 40%.

  • August is celebrated as Women’s Month, so the events are not strictly limited to National Women’s Day on 9 August.
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