…how 9th August became National Women’s day in South Africa, most of us are just happy to have a day off from work without realising the significance of this day.
On this day 55 years ago in 1956 20 000 women marched to petition against legislation that required African persons to carry the “pass”, special identification documents restricting freedom of movement. Petitions with more than 10 000 signatures was taken to Prime Minister J.G Strijdom’s offices in Pretoria. They stood outside silently for 30 minutes and the women also sang a protest song that was written for the occasion.
This day celebrates and commemorates those brave women who risked arrest for their freedom and the freedom of generations of women to come.