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August is National Women’s Month…We look at the women who marched on the Union buildings 60 years ago today and … we say thank you!

1b51917b72230d043c95d69a86c27ed9On 9th August 1956, The Federation of South African Women marched on the Union Building to hand over signed petitions in protest against the proposed amendments to the urban areas act.

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.

Womens day 1956As 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.

Women+march+union+buildingsYesterday, 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!women's month banner

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