Minister in the Presidency responsible for Women Susan Shabangu says the capital city is ready for today’s march to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the 1956 women’s march to the Union Buildings.
“Logistics are all there,” she said during a press briefing in Pretoria yesterday. “We are confident we will have a successful and peaceful parade. We are ready and various mechanisms have been put in place. Everything is on track.”
According to the minister, about 1 500 people would take part in today’s march, which would mark 60 years since 20 000 women from many parts of South Africa came together to protest against the dompas.
They marched to the Union Buildings.
Shabangu said three trains would carry women from the Western and Eastern Cape.
“The Union Buildings was chosen as the celebration venue because it is where the 1956 march took place, and [it is] therefore symbolic to take the women down the historical memory lane again,” Shabangu said.
She added that the objective of this event was to revive the spirit of the “courageous women” of 1956 and to recreate memories of that day.
Shabangu said President Jacob Zuma would deliver the keynote address and would also launch the Women’s Living Heritage Monument, at Lillian Ngoyi Square, which tells the story about women’s contribution to liberation.
The monument, which is adjacent to the State Theatre on Lillian Ngoyi and Helen Joseph Street, would be opened to the public on March 8, 2017.
Shabangu encouraged women to become involved in Women’s Day by using the #60yrswomenunited and #tellherstory social media platforms.