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On the 9th of  August 1956, 20 000 women of all races staged a march on the Union Buildings in Pretoria South Africa. They protested for the proposed amendments to the Urban Areas Act of 1950.

The Group Areas Act of 1950 “established residential and business sections in urban areas for each race, and members of other races were barred from living, operating businesses, or owning land in them.”

Commemorating Women’s Day in South Africa

The 9th of August is significant because we not only commemorate women however, we also reflect on the progress and present challenges faced by women. We revisit some of the excruciating struggles faced by women like Femicide, Eldercide, Gender-based violence, Rape and Poverty. We re-evaluate the place of women on how they are expected to navigate a society that is still making room for them.

We are re-establishing how we can echo her voice in a world that seeks to silence her. We empower her to take up space. We encourage her to show up in a world that limits her. We honour her amid cultural oppression.

She still stands firm because of the “Mbokodo” that she was designed to be.

We give her a platform to tell her story, for the liberation of others!

9th August is a day to be commemorated universally.

A Happy Women’s Day fearless Mbokodo’s!

Image source: Times of India

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