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August 6, 2019

IMBOKODO

By Sandile Lukhozi, Media Relations Officer

Long live the spirit of IMBOKODO long live!

With July- the Nelson Mandela month- having wrapped up recently, the month of August brings up yet another historic chapter in South Africa’s long walk to freedom.

Commemorated annually on 9 August, the National Women’s Day is a public holiday that salutes the bravery of approximately 20 000 women who matched to the Union Buildings in protest against the country’s then pass laws.

The march which was Led by stalwarts such as Helen Joseph, Lilian Ngoyi, Rahima Moosa, Sophie Williams and many others, gave birth to the now famous chant “Wathinta abafazi, wathinta imbokodo [You strike a woman, you strike a rock].”

With South Africa’s Gender-based Violence (GBV) rate ranked the highest in the world, the Deputy Minister of Public Service and Administration, Sindisiwe Chikunga- in an interview with news24- highlighted the importance of intensifying the fight against GBV.

“As long as women and young girls are still raped and killed by the people they trust, the struggle for gender-based violence should be intensified,” said Chikunga. “The president will help us as a nation to search for the best ways of ensuring that vulnerable women and young girls in rural areas are safe and protected from all forms of GBV and liberated from economic marginalisation,” added Chikunga.

The 2019 National Women’s Day celebration will be held in Vryburg, Ruth Mompati District in North West province under theme: “25 Years of Democracy: Growing South Africa Together for Women’s Emancipation.”

Throughout the month of August, a number of activities aimed at creating awareness and promoting understanding of women issues will held throughout the country. The KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Women’s Day celebrations will be held in Newcastle, Amajuba District.

Happy Women’s month

Long live the spirit of IMBOKODO long live!