Sixty years ago, on 9 August 1956, 20 000 women from all walks of life, marched together to the Union Buildings in Pretoria from Johannesburg in protest against a new law that would require black African women to carry passes. The pass laws prescribed who could enter, live and work in certain areas. Usually it meant that black African men and women had to carry a pass on them at all times and could be picked up and thrown in jail if they did not have a pass. (Read more on the 1956 March here). The march was a significant event which showed women across all apartheid race classifications, in solidarity with black African women. It demonstrated women’s collective power and determination to resist injustices together. After 1994, the 9th of August become National Women’s Day, a national day to celebrate women’s contributions to the social, cultural, economic, political, spiritual life of the country. So what are women ‘marching’ for 60 years on?
Here are some examples of the ways women are ‘marching’ under new conditions to create another different, more just world: