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9th August, 2021

August 9 marks National Women’s Day in South Africa, a day instituted to commemorate the 20,000 women who marched to the Union Building in Pretoria in 1956, to protest against the extension of the country’s “pass laws” to women.

Pass laws required that Black South Africans carry a ‘pass,’ that would tighten the control of the apartheid government of the day.

Now, we celebrate the resolve of these women, and what their protest meant for the women of South Africa: then, now, and in future.

We also take this opportunity to celebrate the many incredible successes and contributions of women today.