Wathint’ Abafazi Wathint’ Imbokodo!!!




In South Africa the month of August is observed as a month to commemorate women, with Women’s Day on 09 August. This is an opportunity to celebrate women’s achievements and the important role that women of all races and religions have played and continue to play in South African society.



On 9 August 1956, more than 20 000 women from all walks of life united in a mass demonstration to the Union Buildings in Pretoria. They protested against the unjust pass laws enforced on women in South Africa.

The women were led by Lilian Ngoyi – a trade unionist and political activist, Helen Joseph, Albertina Sisulu, and Sophia Williams-De Bruyn.


This year’s commemoration will be held under the theme: “Generation Equality: Realising women’s rights for an equal future”. It also comes at a time when our country and the rest of the globe is fighting the invisible killer pandemic, COVID-19.


The COVID-19 lockdown has witnessed an increase in domestic violence and abuse, leaving women vulnerable and in danger. The impact of the pandemic on society has the potential to reverse progress our country has made on women empowerment and eradicating poverty.


As the country works towards overcoming the social and economic fallout of COVID-19, the government has put in place a comprehensive package of interventions to mitigate the expected impact of COVID-19. It includes measures to support and protect women in our society during these challenging times.


The NHC together with its strategic partners will host virtual events in commemoration of Women’s month:


Date Event Name
26 August 2020 Dialogue: Liberation Women: Inspiring the generation of today, their footprint may fade but the legacy will remain.


29 August 2020 Bring Her Up and Women of First Awards


The Calendar will be updated with further details soon.




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