NATIONAL WOMEN’S DAYInterfoto
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You might know that National Women’s Day is an annual Public holiday in South Africa right?
But do you know why South Africans celebrate this day?
64 years ago one of the largest gatherings of Unity occurred in South Africa on 9 August 1956! 20 000 women of all races formed one of the largest gatherings when they marched to Pretoria’s Union Buildings on 9 August 1956.
WHY DID THEY DO THIS?
To present a petition against South Africa’s pass law carried by women to the Prime Minister, JG Strijdom.
WHO ORGANISED THIS MARCH?
The FSAW or the FEDSAW (the Federation of South African Women). They are famously known for challenging that a women’s place is EVERYWHERE and not just in the kitchen.
THE FAMOUS SLOGAN THAT REPRESENTS COURAGE AND STRENGTH OF SOUTH AFRICAN WOMEN:
The women sang a freedom song after the petition was handed over to the Secretary of the Prime minister: “You Strike a Woman, You Strike a Rock”
HERE ARE A FEW QUOTES FROM THE WOMEN AT INTERFOTO CELEBRATING NATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY: