South African woman to relive 1956 Protest to Union Buildings

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Nomvula Mokonyane a Gauteng Premier will lead a protest on the August 09 in honor of the woman who marched in protest against pass laws in 1956. She will lead thousands of women in a 3.5-kilometre walk from Tshwane City Hall to the Union Buildings

This years woman’s day marks the 57th anniversary of the historic 1956 march, where 20 000 women marched in protest against pass laws.

“Unity in Action for Woman’s Socio-Economic Empowerment” will be this year’s theme celebration.

Kgosientso Ramokwopa, Tshwane Mayor and Gauteng member of the Executive Committee for Sport, Arts and Culture, Lebogang Maile will be joining Mokonyane in leading the march.

“By reliving the march, the province wants to stimulate the dedication shown by the women in fighting for justice, an effort which should still continue even today,” Maile said.

“There‚Äôs a lot to still fight for and against by the rest of society, including issues about women development, women’s health rights, gender transformation and women abuse.”

Gauteng government has introduced a number of programmes and policies towards the development and empowerment of woman over the two decades since democratic rule in 1994.

These include over 50% of housing subsidies being given to women. And 50% representation of women in senior management positions within the provincial government; the roll-out of the prevention of mother to child HIV transmission programme, and over .

One of the entities that will be exhibited their services on Friday will be The Gauteng Enterprise Propeller (GEP), and they will be on standby to assist and advise entrepreneurs.

GEP is an entity the Department of Economic Development aimed at providing non- financial and financial support, and co-ordinating stakeholders for the benefit Micro Enterprises and of Small Medium in Gauteng.

All Grant related inqueries will be assisted to people by the South African Social Agency (SASSA).

The day’s programme will culminate in celebrations at the Union Buildings by an all- female line-up performance including Nadine, Mafikizolo, Rebecca and Zahara.

Transport will be provided and arranged for the communities to and from the Union Buildings.

For more details and information on bus pickup points communities are encouraged to call 0113552681

Written By: Landi Bezuidenhout

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