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Commemorating Women’s Day and Growing South Africa Together for Women’s Emancipation




Posted: 09 August 2019

Friday, 09 August 2019 marks the historic Women’s March to the Union Buildings on 9 August 1956. In 1995, former President Nelson Mandela declared 9 August a National Women’s Day in South Africa. This was in recognition of the heroic struggles that women waged in the anti-apartheid struggle. Women’s Day in South Africa represents an affirmation of the contributions that women have made in the struggle against colonial and apartheid oppression historically. It is a recognition and acceptance by the nation that the country’s attainment of political freedom and democracy was also as a result of the role played by women. The day also symbolises a commitment to continue the struggle against patriarchy and the achievement of a non-sexist society as an ultimate goal.

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

Gender equality is a founding principle and core right of the South African Constitution and the country has made significant progress in putting in place legislation and policy frameworks for advancing equality and empowerment for women. It is within this broad context that SALGA has endorsed the establishment of the Women’s Commission to support the national developmental goal of women’s empowerment and gender equality at the local government level.

The SALGA Women’s Commission (SWC) is a mechanism to institutionalise advocacy processes as the voice of women in local government and ensure progress at a local level in response to the national and international development goals of women empowerment and gender equality. The SWC has been spearheading the 50/50 campaign in an effort towards achieving equal representation and participation of men and women especially in decision making processes at the local level. Also, SALGA and municipalities have set up and continue to establish gender structures particularly; the Women’s Caucus as Section 79 Committees and the Special Programmes Units to drive gender mainstreaming and women empowerment in local government.

This month SALGA calls all South Africans from all walks of life to commemorate and celebrate our history in the name of women and their contribution to society under the theme: “25 Years of Democracy: Growing South Africa Together for Women’s Emancipation”.


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