Why do we celebrate Women's Day in South Africa?
'On August 9, 1956, a protest march was held at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa, the country's main government offices. Approximately 20,000 women participated in a peaceful march to protest against policies that restricted the rights of African women.
The Federation of South African Women (established in 1954 to set up a broad-based women's organization) staged the protest march to challenge the idea that "a woman's place is in the kitchen." When the women arrived at the Union Buildings, they carried petitions signed by more than 100,000 people to give to J.G. Strijdom, the prime minister. Then they sang a freedom song composed specifically for the march:
Wathint' abafazi, Strijdom!
Wathint' imbokodo uzo kufa!
(Now you have touched the women, Strijdom!
You have struck a rock! You will be crushed!)
This song has come to represent the women's movement in South Africa.
Every year, on August 9, people gather at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront Amphitheatre in Cape Town to celebrate National Women's Day. South African men, women, and children celebrate the achievements of women—not only from South Africa but also from all over the world. This day is celebrated to remind people of the contributions and achievements women have made to society and for women's rights, and to acknowledge the difficulties and prejudices many women still face.'
At The Spa Shop, we cater for both men and women, but this month, we are especially spoiling our ladies. Choose from a variety of top quality products for yourself or as gifts.
"Women have always been the strong ones of the world" Coco Chanel