Sahistory.org says men in the anti-apartheid movement were startled by the women’s bravery and militancy when they united and organised a protest that took place on this day in 1956 that ultimately earned them their freedom and democracy.
On the day, twenty-thousand women from different racial backgrounds came from all corners of the country to fight for their rights.
The women – some pregnant and some carrying children of their white bosses on their backs – marched to the union buildings in Pretoria that day. Sahistory.org says they stood in a silent protest for 30 minutes, while delivering petitions with 100-thousand signatures to the Prime Minister’s office
According to the website, the protest contributed significantly to women playing a bigger role in the struggle for freedom and democracy. It also says that men in the anti-apartheid movement were startled by the women’s bravery and militancy.
OFM News took to the streets of Bloemfontein to find out how men, today, feel about this day.
The men – coming from different racial background and representing different age groups- said national women’s day reminds the world of how brave women are.
Some say on this day, women should be allowed to enjoy themselves and acknowledge how important they are to their families and society.
Others are of the view that everyday deserves to be marked as national women’s day to commemorate the roles that women continue to play in society.
This year’s national Women’s Day is celebrated in Sasolburg, in the Free State, under the theme: “Women united in moving South Africa forward”.
The event is hosted by the national department of Arts and Culture together with the department of Women. Deputy minister of Arts and Culture, Rejoice Mabudafhasi says about 20-thousand women from all 9 provinces are expected to be part of the celebration.
She added that President Jacob Zuma is expected to release the first status of women report during the event.
The report was compiled by the department of women after it hosted a number of dialogues across the country in March and June this year, with the aim of assessing the current status of women in the country.