President Jacob Zuma will later today deliver the national message at the 60th anniversary of the women’s march to the Union Buildings and National Women’s Day celebrations.
This year’s Women’s Day marks 60 years since the iconic 1956 women’s march against the discriminatory pass laws, which had restricted the movement of black people in the country.
Hundreds of people have been gathering at the southern lawns at the Union Buildings for the celebrations since early this morning.
Ahead of the celebrations at the Union Buildings, the President and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will unveil the Women’s Living Heritage Monument depicting leaders of the 1956 women’s march at the Lillian Ngoyi Square.
The women’s monument as well as a heritage site will honour the women for their contribution and the role they played in the struggle for freedom, democracy and development of South Africa.
It will include a multi-purpose centre that will provide space for formal and informal training for women; market access for local crafts; provide information to the youth about the women’s struggle for emancipation and also serve as a leadership training centre where women will be taught about political and developmental issues.
Women from all walks of life will then embark on a symbolic celebration walk, run and cycle from Lillian Ngoyi Square to the Union Buildings. – SAnews.gov.za
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