While celebrated by our global compatriots on the 8th of March annually, South Africa celebrates National Women’s Day locally on the 9th of August to commemorate female heroes of apartheid who fought for liberation, equality and freedom of movement. On this day, 63 years ago, 20 000 South African women travelling to Pretoria from all four corners of the country sang through the streets of the capital, congregating at the Union Buildings engaged in a peaceful demonstration against pass laws. The rally saw women from all walks of life, all races and many of whom carried the babies of their white employers on their backs, saw a collection of South Africans come together in peaceful protest in a collective fight for freedom and unity.
Met by closed doors of a male dominated contingent, there the ladies waited in silence and in possession of 14 000 petitions against the legislated pass law. For 30 minutes they waited, later leaving the signatures at the door of prime minister J.G. Strijdom. The ladies then left the building singing a protest song specifically composed for the historic event; Wathint'Abafazi Wathint'imbokodo!
Join Johannesburg in celebration of the strength and courage of South African women, not only those braving the oppression from our past, but those who today continue to push back on current challenges.
From indiscriminate violence and violence against children, inequality, ongoing oppression, discrimination and exploitation, as women’s rights take centre stage, local ladies continue to convene in the fight for equality regardless of race, ethnic or social origin, sexual orientation, age, beliefs, culture, or language.
Stronger Than One. Together We Run
Be part of a countrywide movement in association with PinkDrive and take part in or simply support the Totalsports Women’s Race in Johannesburg. Starting at the Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown, run for the thousands of South African women who are, have been and will be affected by breast cancer.
Secret Sunrise Superpowers
Get the girls together and head out to the Four Seasons in Westcliff for a Secret Sunrise Women’s Day event. Combining the elements of meditation and ecstatic dance, with headsets fixed and guided by Secret Sunrise instructors, celebrate the superpowers of South African women and #SharetheJoy.
Kicking off your three day weekend with live music, gourmet street food and an undeniable Jozi vibe, this Women’s Day don’t miss one of the most celebrated outdoor music and lifestyle festivals, at the 8th Annual Parklife Gourmet Food & Music Festival! Hosted at the Emmarentia Botanical Gardens on Friday 9th August, in celebration of Women’s Day, ladies enjoy a special rate on tickets to see SA’s top live acts.
Join fierce South African females as they take to the stage for the 2nd Annual Malibongwe Arts Festival: A Tribute To Women Festival. Celebrate Women’s day with the likes of Lira, Lady Zamar, Amanda Black, Busiswa, Simmy, and many more on Saturday 10 August at Emmarentia Botanical Gardens.
With the city's focus on Women’s Month, while we enjoy a number of local celebrations in honour of local leading ladies, we must continue to address the many challenges still faced by South African women today. Heralding an era of even greater equality, access to education, healthcare, child support and a life freed of violence and assault;
“Here’s to strong women,
May we know them,
May we be them,