This day in history: Remembering the multi-racial women who marched to the union buildings

This day in history: Remembering the multi-racial women who marched to the union buildings

As South Africans celebrate all the wonderful women on Women's Day, we remember those who walked for others' freedom 62-years-ago.

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Thursday, 9 August marks the annual Women's Day. But, more than six decades ago on this day, over 20 000 women marched to the Union Buildings to protest pass laws.

In 1956 Lilian Ngoyi, Helen Joseph, Rahima Moosa, Albertina Sisulu and Sophia Williams-De Bruyn walked in front of thousands of women, who marched to the Union Buildings with more than 100 000 signatures on their petition to drop pass laws.

Highwaymail reported during the Apartheid time, people of colour where forced to walk with passbooks, a special ID like document that violated black people's freedom of movement.

The multi-racial women walked to the union building to protest these violating laws and Women's Day was created in their honour.

This day in history: Remembering the multi-racial women who marched to the union buildings

This day in history: Remembering the multi-racial women who marched to the union buildings. Photo credit: Highwaymail.co.za

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Much like those iconic female heroes, South African women marched in the #TotalShutDown protests against gender-based abuse.

As Briefly.co.za reported previously, Women across SA have took to the streets in large numbers to protest against femicide, indecent assault, and gender-based violence.

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