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Women's Day

9 August

Women's Day marks the anniversary of the great women's march of 1956, where women marched to the Union Buildings to protest against the carrying of pass books.

On 9 August 1956, about 20 000 women marched to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to protest against legislation aimed at tightening the apartheid government's control over the movement of black women in urban areas.

Women's Day 2014 was celebrated in the King Zwelithini Stadium un Umlazi, eThekwini (Durban) where President Jacob Zuma delivered the keynote address.

President Jacob Zuma addresses Women's Day commemoration

Read more about the background of and government messages for Women's Day on the Women's Month page.

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