"National Womens Day 9 August ~" South Africa Local Custom Tip by Jenniflower

South Africa Local Customs: 136 reviews and 116 photos


In apartheid times, black men and women had to carry passes with them at all times...

They could be stopped, any time of the day or night, and had to produce their pass. There was a night curfew and if they breached this they were in serious trouble.

In August 1956, 20,000 women marched to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to protest against the law of black women carrying these passes.

This day commemorates this poignant march plus displays the strong role that women have played in South Africa becoming a democracy.

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  • Updated Jan 25, 2007
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