This was one of the largest peaceful and most dignified protests ever accomplished. It was estimated that there were a minimum of 10 000 women who took part. One of the striking features of this march is that they funded themselves as far as transport, accommodation and food was concerned, showing their passion and investment in justice for all, especially women.
As South Africans we are proud of what our women of this country were doing before we had been born, or were even old enough to truly understand the importance of this event. This event will not go down in history as a non-event. The prime minister of the time, JG Strijdom refused to meet with them or even to read the petition. But, nothing could stop the import of what they had done from being heard and felt by many.
Yesterday, 9th August 2016, it was 60 years after the event, and women of every race can look at this event and be proud of our ancestors. And so, Lilian Ngoyi, Rahima Moosa, Helen Joseph, Sophia Williams De Bruyn and the many thousands of women who stood up on that day and said ENOUGH! We salute you!