Every year, in August, our country marks Women’s Month, where we pay tribute to the 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. 2022 marks approximately 66 years since the march to the Union Buildings to protest the country’s pass laws.
The month of August is a month-long celebration of women and their achievements, as well as to reflect on the challenges that they still face. The contributions of women to society and the strength and resilience they display in the face of adversity are celebrated.
In the past, women were not given enough credit for their hard work and accomplishments. The movement is not just about celebrating women, but also about raising awareness of the inequality that they still face in society. The celebrations of women’s achievements are becoming more and more common in today’s society. Finally, women are being recognized for their achievements and hard work.
Women’s Month allows us to gauge how far we have come in transforming society, particularly the transformation of unequal power relations between women and men. While also focusing on and addressing gender oppression, patriarchy, sexism, racism, ageism, structural oppression, and creating a conducive environment that enables women to take control of their lives.Looking on the bright side, in the last few decades positive changes have been visible in terms of opportunities for, and representations of, women in the world of business. In this day and age, new ideas are becoming known about the intersection of gender and business as awareness grows.
Women are strongly encouraged to learn from other women who worked hard, failed but never gave up in achieving their goals in entrepreneurship, education, science, and any other sectors. It is another chance for women to get motivated, inspired and to unlock their own strength and determination to make a positive change in their family, community and country. There are many ways to accomplish this, such as attending an awareness event, hosting a viewing party when the event is televised and re-enactments are conducted every year, and participating in a month-long program organized by various organizations, especially those that promote women’s empowerment.