National Women’s Day falls on 9 August. It’s a public holiday and it specifically seeks to celebrate women in society’s contribution to achieving freedom in South Africa – more specifically, to commemorate the actions of women in 1956 to contribute to SA’s drive for freedom and equality.
It’s slightly different from the UN’s International Women’s Day, celebrated on 8 March every year due to what happened in South Africa on the August 9th 1956, where about 20,000 South African women staged a march on the Union Buildings to protest against the proposed amendments to the Urban Areas Act.
Women left petitions and they stood silently for 30 minutes, sang a protest song that was composed in honour of the occasion: *Wathint’Abafazi Wathint’imbokodo! (You strike a woman, you strike a rock).
South African women fought for a non-racial and non-sexist South Africa national women’s day has come to represent women’s courage and strength in the face of adversity.
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