National Women's Day

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2024 Date9 August 2024
2025 Date9 August 2025

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National Women's Day commemorates the strides and triumphs women have achieved and continue to accomplish in various aspects of society. The day focuses on empowering women, advocating for gender equality, and acknowledging the contributions women have made and continue to make at a personal and global level. This celebration not only fosters the progress made but emphasizes the importance of women's rights and encourages the resolve towards achieving fair treatment and opportunities for women across all spheres.

On August 9th, 1956, 20,000 women marched to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to protest against the apartheid government's policy that required Black South African women to carry passbooks. This crucial event in the struggle against apartheid is honored as a turning point in history towards gender equality and women empowerment in the country. Today, this day is a reminder of the determination and bravery these women exhibited, motivating current and future generations to follow suit.

National Women's Day in South Africa features effervescent celebrations and diverse events that bring people together to commemorate the remarkable milestones achieved by women. Individuals, businesses, and government entities host educational workshops, award ceremonies, conferences, art expos, and media campaigns to promote awareness, acknowledge the roles of women, and cultivate a sense of unity in the advancements of women's rights. National Women's Day is observed annually on August 9th.

National Women's Day Facts

  • According to World Bank, in 2023, there are about 30 million women living in South Africa.
  • The uprising and demonstration on 9 August were led by legendary activists and leaders Lilian Ngoyi, Helen Joseph, Albertina Sisulu and Sophia Williams-De Bruyn.
  • The women left bundles of petitions against the new Apartheid laws on the doors of the Prime Minister's office. More than 100,000 signatures were on the petitions.
  • On 9 August 1956, the women stood silently for 30 minutes and then loudly began to sing a song that was composed for the protest occasion. The song was called Wathint'Abafazi Wathint'imbokodo - 'Now you have touched the women, you have struck a rock'
  • Freedom cannot be achieved unless women have been emancipated from all forms of oppression. - Nelson Mandela

National Women's Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Have a meal at Table Bay Hotel. The Hotel has a line-up of all female chefs in order to celebrate Women's Month. Support this initiative by dining out at the hotel.
  • Head to the Women's Humanity Arts Festival at the Artscape Theatre. The festival showcases women that are fighting for equality and respect. There are also female activities for free such as breast examinations and blood pressure tests.
  • Sing along with the great divas at the Divas Unite Concert. The Cape Town concert features some of the nation's best female singers.
  • Spread awareness for the day by using social media hashtags #womensday #SouthAfricanwomen, #womenstrong and #NationalWomensDay.
  • Watch a movie that portrays a strong female character. Some of our suggestions Erin Brockovich (2000), Legally Blonde (2001), Mulan (1998), The Blind Side (2009) and Brave (2012)

National Women's Day References and Related Sites Public Holidays - South African Government Women's Day

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