August is Women’s Month, a time when we pause to celebrate the achievements and contributions made by South African women.
Why do we celebrate Womenís Day?
In South Africa, 9 August is Women's Day and the month of August is National Women’s Month. This is an opportunity to celebrate women’s achievements and the important role that women of all races and religions have played and continue to play in South African society.
On 9 August 1956, more than 20 000 women from all walks of life united in a mass demonstration at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. They protested against the unjust pass laws enforced on women in South Africa.
The women were led by Lilian Ngoyi – a trade unionist and political activist, Helen Joseph, Albertina Sisulu, and Sophia Williams-De Bruyn.
In remembrance of what South African women achieved on that day, 9 August has been declared as National Women’s Day and is a public holiday in South Africa. Women’s Month is an opportunity to celebrate and reflect on the achievements of these inspirational women, the problems they faced in the struggle to be free and the important role all women continue to play in society.
Apart from their traditional roles as mothers, wives and caregivers, statistics show that women are making great progress in business, politics and academic and economic careers, with more and more women reaching top positions.
Make a difference
Women of South Africa, be proud of what you have achieved. Let the achievements of those who went before you inspire you to unlock your own strength and motivate you to make a difference in your family, your community and your country.
Go out and celebrate the women that you are. Go out and make a difference this Women’s Month!
Gender-based Violence and Femicide (GBVF) continues to be a big problem in our society. The fight against GBVF cannot be left to government alone; it must be embraced by all South Africans – men, in particular.
Contact the Gender-based Command Centre in your area by calling 0800 428 428 or send a please-call-me to *120*7867#
If you are being abused or suspect that someone is being abused, call:
- South African Police Service 10111
- Childline 0800 055 555
- Stop Women Abuse Hotline 0800 150 150
- Lifeline 0861 322 322.