Happy Women’s Day

The Northern Natal Courier would like to wish all the wonderful women a very Happy Women’s Day.

On 9 August 1956, more than 50 000 women staged a march to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to protest against the proposed amendments to the ‘pass laws’.
They left bundles of petitions containing more than 100 000 signatures at the Prime Minister’s office doors calling for the amendments to be scrapped. The marchers sang a protest song that was composed in honour of the occasion which, when translated, said ‘now you have touched the women, you have struck a rock.
The phrase, which now reads “you strike a woman, you strike a rock” has come to represent women’s courage and strength in South Africa.
Since 9 August 1994, the day has been commemorated annually and is now known as Women’s Day.

 

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Northern Natal Courier

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