‘Brave women’ honoured

2016-08-17 06:00
The Luthuli Museum commemorated the women of 1956 who protested against the extension of Pass Laws to include women by hosting a dialogue session. Photo: supplied

The Luthuli Museum commemorated the women of 1956 who protested against the extension of Pass Laws to include women by hosting a dialogue session. Photo: supplied

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THE Luthuli Museum hosted a Women’s Day dialogue session on Tuesday, 9 August 2016, which was attended by KwaDukuza deputy mayor Dolly Shandu, Chief Albert Luthuli’s daughters Thembi Ngobese and Dr. Albertinah Luthuli as well as the stalwart’s daughter-in-law Veli Luthuli.

The session was held to celebrate the sixtieth anniversary of the historic 1956 women’s march to Pretoria’s Union Buildings on August 9 to handover a petition opposing the extension of Pass Laws to include women.

“The session was held to commemorate the bravery of those women whose opposition to Pass Laws challenged an oppressive system that deepened race and gender-based inequalities and perpetuated unemployment and poverty among the oppressed lot,” the museum’s marketing manager Nolwazi Faku said.

Faku said that the theme ‘Women and leadership: Leading in the 21st century Patriarchal Society’ was used during the session to reflect upon the many challenges that women face and the achievements that have been made in terms of empowering women and gender equity.

The session was attended by tertiary students, pupils from local high schools and women from different areas in the iLembe District.

The screening of a historical documentary titled “You struck a rock” and a photographic exhibition helped to set the tone of the session.

The message that materialised during the session was that young women must make the best of the opportunities afforded to them so as to create a future which they desire.

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