Today is Women’s Day in South Africa. This day commemorates the march in 1956 of approximately 20,000 women of all races to the Union Buildings in Pretoria. The march petitioned the country’s pass laws that required South Africans who were defined as “black” under the Population Registration Act to carry an internal ‘pass’ (passport) that served to maintain population segregation, control urbanisation and manage migrant labour during the apartheid era.
The march was organised by the Federation of South African Women, who famously challenged the idea that ‘a woman’s place is in the kitchen’, declaring it instead to be ‘everywhere’.
At Londolozi we honor the past actions of these women in our countries history and take each new day to celebrate the women that are around us and stand at the center of creation at Londolozi. As Diane Mariechild says:
“A women is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform.”
As such here are ten incredible examples of how women create a better world for us all…
And lastly on Women’s Day we also acknowledge all the men who have played their part in the creation of space for women.
Happy Women’s Day to you and lets celebrate all that is creation.