National Women’s Day

A day to commemorate the struggle of women for freedom and independent rights, even though there is a womens day all over the world, South Africa’s Women’s day is a very specific day commemorating the 1956 March that took place at the Union Buildings. The March consisted of approximately 20 000 women who marched against the ‘pass laws’ that forced all South African who were labeled as being ‘black’ to carry an internal passport that was nicknamed the ‘pass’.

The women who took part in the march left heaps of petitions against the pass laws under the apartheid regime at the office doors of the Prime Minister J. G. Strijdom. It is said that they then stood in absolute silence for an entire 30 minutes and then slowly and softly began to hum and then sing their protest song for which the words were: Wathint’Abafazi Wathint’imbokodo! Which in English translates to “Now you have touched the women, you have struck a rock”.

Regardless though of the origin of the day, women all over the world have known to be the stronger species and have openly been supressed and condemned throughout the years, in some parts of the world they still are subject to many atrocities and controlling laws and bi-laws, however women will have always stood up in the face of adversity and come out stronger and wiser for it. There is no battle to large or to difficult for a woman.