President Cyril Ramaphosa to deliver keynote address at National Women's Day on August 9
This year also marks the centenary of the formation of the Bantu Women’s League.
President Cyril Ramaphosa will deliver the keynote address at the National Women's Day Event on 9 August 2018‚ which will be commemorated at Mbekweni, Paarl, in the Western Cape under the theme: "100 Years of Albertina Sisulu, Woman of Fortitude: Women United in Moving South Africa Forward".
09 August is recognized as a National Public Holiday and the month of August as Women's Month in South Africa, to commemorate the 1956 march to the Union Buildings by more than 20 000 women who resisted the extension of pass laws to African women.
This year's commemoration is of special significance as 2018 marks the centenaries of globally recognized Struggle icons Tata Nelson Mandela and Mama Albertina Sisulu. This year also marks the centenary of the formation of the Bantu Women's League.
As part of advancing the empowerment of women and pursuing the defeat of patriarchy, Government regards Women's Day as an opportunity to pay tribute to the many heroines of the women's struggle and to also review progress made in addressing gender disparities.
On Women's Day, President Ramaphosa will have tea with elderly women including Mama Sophia De Bruyn – a veteran of the Women's March of 1956 - Mama Magdeline Martins who will receive a certificate honoring her own 100th birthday.
The President will then proceed to the formal programme of the day.