You strike a woman, you strike a rock!

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Thousands of women will march in absolute silence from Maponya Mall to the Universal Church in Soweto on Monday, 10 August 2015, re- enacting the historical march 59 years ago when 20,000 women protested against the injustices of apartheid and the laws enforcing racial discrimination on the nation.
These courageous and visionary women risked their lives demonstrating for decent living conditions and a better future for their children. The women marched peacefully to the Union Buildings in Pretoria where they delivered a petition, and then stood their ground for thirty minutes in silence.
Last year, the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God organised a powerful and successful march on Women’s Day asking if women really were free, despite the changes in their circumstances.

The well attended event highlighted the reality that far too many people still suffer from different forms of oppression — from abuse and violence to low self-esteem and lack of confidence in their abilities.

This year the Women’s Day march is themed: “determination” and women will march as a display of their commitment to conquering their fears and achieving their dreams. Their vision is of a better society and the march will be a silent stand for the rights of women and children in our rainbow nation.

Women’s Day has another significance for Women in Action (WiA) as this is the day the organisation was founded in 2008 with the aim of uplifting and empowering women. The group does extensive work in educating communities on the diagnosis and early treatment of cancer and is also actively involved in helping victims of abuse work through the trauma of their circumstances.

Please join us for this important march as we pay tribute to the legendary women who marched in 1956 and who helped transform society. The event will start at 10am at Maponya Mall in Soweto.

Marcia Pires

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