The commemoration of Women’s Month in August serves as a tribute to the thousands of women who marched to the Union Buildings on 9 August 1956 in protest of pass laws.
This year’s Women’s Day was commemorated under the theme: “Year of Oliver Tambo: Women United in Moving Gauteng City Region Forward”.
The Gauteng celebrations included a 2.2km march led by Premier David Makhura, and the leadership of various women’s organization aimed at reliving the 1956 women’s march.
The march commenced at Pretoria/Bosman Station and ended at the Women’s Living Heritage Monument a Lillian Ngoyi Square, Tshwane, where Premier Makhura will deliver an address.
All women across South Africa are faced with different challenges such as gender-based violence, inequality, unemployment, poverty and women empowerment. The societal tribulations facing women today differ from those faced by the 1956 generation, they require the same impetus as that which were showcased by the 1956 generation to eradicate” said MEC Faith Mazibuko.
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