Should Women’s Day be celebrated?

2015-08-12 06:00
KATLEHO MATOANE, Qwaqwa (23): “Yes it should ?still ?be ?celebrated because every woman deserves credit in this world.’’
Siphumelele Khumalo

KATLEHO MATOANE, Qwaqwa (23): “Yes it should ?still ?be ?celebrated because every woman deserves credit in this world.’’ Photos: Siphumelele Khumalo

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ON 9 August 1956, women of all races and creeds took a stand against the ruling government of the time.

They were tired of being prisoners and foreigners in their own country.

These women were required to carry a “pass book”, an internal passport that severely restricted their movement.

The pass recorded the stipulated areas the women could travel, live and work in.

On this particular day, they decided that enough was enough and something needed to be done. More than 50 000 women marched to the Union Buildings to show their disapproval of this ridiculous law.

As soon as they got there, they stood outside, silently for 30 minutes, many with their children on their backs.

The protest song of this occasion was Wathint’ Abafazi Wathint’ imbokodo, and 55 years later, its meaning – you strike a woman, you strike a rock – has come to represent women’s courage and strength in South Africa. There are some who feel that if women can have their day, the courtesy should be extended to men as well. Women’s Day is celebrated annually on August 9. To gauge people’s opinions on this, Express reporter Siphumelele Khumalo went out on the streets of Bloemfontein to hear what people had to say about this historic day and whether it should still be celebrated

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