Before you set into the long weekend bliss, let’s remember why exactly we celebrate Women’s Day in South Africa.
In August 1956, 20 000 women united and marched to Union Buildings in Pretoria in protest of the Pass Laws in South Africa. Together the women banded for one cause, to show the Apartheid government their feelings towards the Pass Laws.
This law required that citizens of colour would be required to carry a pass book. It controlled of movement of non-white citizens.
The women led by Lilian Ngoyi and Helen Joseph upheld their dignity as women and stood outside the Union Building for half an hour in silence to show their defiance. The women handed over their petitions against pass books to the prime minister’s secretary.
Together they challenged society’s ideal of women. Proving that a woman is her own person and belongs everywhere in society and not “just in the kitchen”.
This Women’s Day celebrate the incredible women in your life and acknowledge all the things the special ladies do for you.
Instead of celebrating only one day in August, this month I’ll focus every week on women who changed the world for the better.
Have a blessed Women’s Day