So what is Women’s Day actually about? On 9 August 1956, around 20 000 women staged a march to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to protest against the proposed amendments to the Urban Areas Act (commonly known as the pass laws) of 1950.
These women left bundles of petitions containing more than 100 000 signatures at prime minister J.G. Strijdom’s office doors and stood outside in slient protest- many of whom still carrying the kids who they were playing nanny to at the time.
The women sang a protest song that was composed in honour of the occasion entitled: Wathint’Abafazi Wathint’imbokodo! (Now you have touched the women, you have struck a rock.). In the 54 years since, the phrase (or its latest incarnation: “you strike a woman, you strike a rock”) has come to represent women’s courage and strength in South Africa.
And what better way to celebrate today than in song… Here are 3 videos chosen especially for the women out there… MyCityByNight loves you!