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August is a very important month for South Africa. It is when South Africa celebrates Women’s Month and Women’s Day on 9 August. The theme for 2017 is “The Year of OR Tambo: Women United in Moving South Africa Forward”.
The 2017 National Women’s Day celebration pays tribute to women and their role in the liberation struggle. This year’s celebration coincides with the centenary of struggle icon OR Tambo and marks the 61st anniversary of the Women’s March to the Union Buildings on 9 August 1956. On that day up to 20 000 women of all races, class and religious persuasions protested against the extension of Pass Laws. The march was a turning point in the role of women in the struggle for freedom and our society at large.
Although the struggle for equality of women continues, we salute the strength, resilience and special qualities of women all over the world.