SA celebrates Women’s Day

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Pretoria – Mother, sister, leader, pillar and friend – these are all the names that women go by and today, millions of South Africans across the country will celebrate the hands that cradle the nation.

Today South Africa pays homage to the fierce determination that saw over 20 000 women march to the Union Buildings in 1956 in a show of vehement opposition to the repressive pass laws.

While 58 years have passed since that bold, historic gathering, South Africa has an intricate and good story to tell of the rise of women through the ranks of public and private life, to take up their rightful place in society.

As with any good story, there are innumerable milestones to speak of and a fair share of challenges yet to be surmounted, and today, August 9, is a fitting platform for all these voices to be heard.

One of the proudest developments South Africa has to speak of this year for the month of August is the Women’s Build Project, where 1 956 houses will be built in each province – an appropriate salute to the heroines of 1956.

A total of 17 604 houses will be built by women and the beneficiaries will be women, the elderly and child headed households.

The main highlight for the day will be official celebration, which will be led by President Jacob Zuma under the theme “Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the Women’s Charter and 20 Years of Freedom: together moving non-racial and non-sexist South Africa forward”.

Other events for the month include the Women Awards in Construction on 14 August, the Women in Science Awards on 15 August, the Female Farmer of the Year Awards on 22 August and the Women in Water Awards on 29 August. –

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