Commemorating Woman’s Day

The holiday commemorates the national march of women on this day in 1956 to petition against legislation that required African persons to carry the “passbook” … On August 9, 1956, 20,000 women staged a march to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to protest against proposed amendments to the act.

(Significant Acts of the Apartheid Era, enforcing the separation of races. The Natives (Urban Areas) Act of 1923 deemed urban areas in South Africa as belonging to whites and required all black African men in cities and towns to carry around a pass book at all times.)

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