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Posted on: Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Women’s Day Events

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wathint’ abafazi, wathint’ imbokodo, uza kufa!

If you don’t know these words then you are missing out a piece of very important South African history and if you are a women living in South Africa it is vital you know these words because it such a part of your own history. On 9 August 1956 more than 20 000 women participated in a national march to petition against the pass laws. They marched towards the Union Buildings in Pretoria Accommodation in solidarity because they wanted to voice their displeasure at the pass laws which proposed even further restriction on the movements of women …

Women throughout South Africa signed their names to these petitions as this was one of the only ways to voice their anger and frustration with regards to these pass laws. Organised by the Federation of South African Women (Fedsaw) and led by four women, Sophy Williams, Rahima Moosa, Lilian Ngoyi and Helen Joseph these leaders delivered the petitions to the office of the Prime Minister at the time JG Strijdom’s.  To close up the march the women sang protest songs and the anthem of the march came from the song “Wathint’ abafazi, Strijdom!” which is where these lyrics come from.

The translation is:
[When] you strike the women,
you strike a rock,
you will be crushed [you will die]!

The march proved to be a success and today we celebrate 9 August as National Women’s Day and it is a public holiday and we recognise the bravery of these women who risked so much by participating in the march and changing our future.

In celebration of these women I think it is appropriate to highlight some of the events taking place in August which celebrate women in their own way …

Women’s Day Events:
First up is the 14th SA Women’s Arts Festival which takes place at The Playhouse in Durban and begins on Friday 30 July running for 10 days until Sunday 8 August. This is a showcase for the impact women make on the lives of South Africans and is a firm favourite on the cultural calendar. Expect beautiful works of poetry, music, comedy and drama that both showcases talented women in their respective arts field as well as sharing unique ideas. To book either call The Playhouse booking office on +27 (0)31 369-9540 or book through Computicket.

If you’d like to celebrate women and give something back to your community then why not join the St Luke’s Hospice Women’s Day Brunch on Monday 9 August 2010. Enjoy a delicious brunch at the Belmont Square Conference Centre in Rondebosch with proceeds from the event going to the care of the terminally ill patients of St Luke’s Hospice. Charmaine Noy of Kfm is the MC of the event with guest speaker Dr Jenny Edge who is both a surgeon and breast cancer specialist at the Chris Barnard Memorial Hospital. Tickets cost R200 per person or R2000 for a table of 10 and for information or bookings you can telephone +27 (0)21 797-5335.

Celebrating all things women is The Women’s Show in Johannesburg from 27-29 August in North Riding at the Coca Cola Dome. This is the only lifestyle exhibition dedicated entirely to women (it is also held in Cape Town – next one 18 February 2011). Every woman has a unique feminine spirit which needs to be celebrate and this is the opportunity to do so. With fun and inspirational ideas that cater for all ages, shapes and sizes, interests and lifestyles this is both a sensory and interactive experience that should not be missed.

Women are always keen to find out about the latest beauty trends, whether we follow all of them is a different story. But if you are keen to find out the latest and freshest trends out there then head over to Professional Beauty Africa 2010 at Gallagher Estate in Midrand from 29-30 August 2010. So much to discover and experiment with you may find yourself spending hours here! For more information telephone +27 (0)11 781 5970.

Everyone has a special woman in their life, be it your partner, mother, sister, grandmother, aunt or friend you should take the time to celebrate their uniqueness. August is the perfect opportunity to let them know how much they are appreciated and loved, but lets not lose sight of the real reason we celebrate Women’s Day in South Africa!

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Tania Stephenson


Tania loves to cook and create magic in the kitchen for family and friends (or even just herself). Be it finding a new recipe or making a tried and tested dish from her recipe folder - the kitchen is her sanctuary. Find her hanging out with friends round the braai or curled up on the couch reading the latest crime drama. With a spring in her step and a song in her heart you’ll find her supporting local artists in theatre, music and dance – from a hip hop competition or the latest musical on stage at Artscape in Cape Town. Enjoying all things culture she likes to share her experiences and delights with those around her.

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