KZN Premier to officially launch Women’s Month as a tribute to the 1956 march by more than 20 000 women in protest against pass laws
KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala will tomorrow, Friday 31 July 2020, officially launch Women’s Month in the province as a fitting tribute to more than 20 000 women who marched to the Union Buildings on 9 August 1956 in protest against the extension of Pass Laws to women.
The virtual launch of Women’s Month takes place at a time when the country is battling the Covid-19 pandemic which has also posed serious challenges for women.
The Covid-19 national lockdown has witnessed an increase in gender-based violence, leaving women and girls vulnerable and in danger.
During his virtual launch of Women’s Month, Premier Zikalala will touch on the many challenges faced by women under this year’s theme: “Generation Equality: Realising women’s rights for an equal society now.”
The main focus for Women’s Month will be gender-based violence and discrimination, the advancement of the rights of women and girls in the political, economic, social and cultural spheres of life.
The Women’s Month will also raise awareness about women’s empowerment, skills development, job creation and health issues.
The start of Women’s Month will be preceded by the celebration of Pan African Women’s Day on 31 July 2020.
Pan African Day is celebrated worldwide as a day to celebrate women in Africa on their strides in development, empowerment and impact in the development of the continent and the diaspora.
Highlights for Women’s Month in the province will include Women’s Parliament on August 7 and Women’s Day on August 9 which include a roundtable discussion hosted by Premier Zikalala on Gender Equality Priorities for 2020.
A number of events have also been lined up to celebrate Women’s Month throughout the province.
Source: Government of South Africa