National Women's Day

National Women's Day Quick Facts

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2020 Date9 August 2020
2021 Date9 August 2021
National Women's Day

National Women's Day History

National Women's Day marks the anniversary of the great women's march of 1956, when women peacefully marched to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to protests against the Apartheid law that required Blacks to carry pass books. On 9 August 1956, approximately 20,000 women took part in the march, many carrying their bosses' white children on their backs. The day serves as a reminder of South Africa's great women who have constantly striven to lead the country forward.

National Women's Day has been celebrated since its inauguration in 1994 along with the end of apartheid. It is celebrated annually on 9 August and today, focuses on celebrating the strength, beauty and love of all South African women.

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National Women's Day Facts & Quotes

  • South African pass laws required Blacks to carry a document on them to prove that they had received permission to enter a white area.
  • 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 lineup 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 Brokovich (2000), Legally Blonde (2001), Mulan (1998), The Blind Side (2009) and Brave (2012)

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