National Women’s Day 2021 in South Africa National In South Africa, Women’s Day is a strong day for equal rights. August is Women’s Month in South Africa, and August 9th is designated as Women’s Day.
Women’s Day honors women’s strength and perseverance, as well as their contributions to society and country. Women’s Day is part of Women’s Month in South Africa, which gives a chance to honor previous generations.
Women’s Day is a significant day for promoting for equality.
National Women’s Day is a South African public holiday commemorating the 1956 march of approximately 20,000 women to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to present a petition containing over 100,000 signatures opposing the country’s pass laws, which required South Africans defined as “black” under The Population Registration Act to carry an internal passport, known as a pass, which served to maintain population registration.
During the apartheid era, apartheid was used to maintain segregation, restrict urbanization, and manage migrant labor. Members of the Federation of South African Women (FSAW) marched against the Apartheid regime in 1956. Mothers, daughters, sisters, and friends joined the protest to say enough is enough and to bring about change. They did not only march, but they also stood outside.
The Federation of South African Women was launched in Johannesburg in 1954 as the first attempt to establish a broad-based women’s organization. The group was conceptualized by Amina Cachalia (pictured above, left), Lillian Ngoyi (second from left), Ray Simons (second from right), Helen Joseph (right).
The group’s constitution stated the objectives of the Federation were to bring the women of South Africa together to secure full equality of opportunity for all women, regardless of race, color, or creed; to remove social, legal, and economic disabilities; to work for the protection of the women and children.
A Women`s Charter was written at the Federation’s first conference and called for the enfranchisement of men and women of all races; equality of opportunity in employment; equal pay for equal work; equal rights in relation to property, marriage, and children; and the removal of all laws and customs that denied women such equality. The Charter further demanded paid maternity leave, childcare for working mothers, and free and compulsory education for all South African children.