60 years since historic Women's Day march yet women remain vulnerable

Women's Day is a public holiday in South Africa that celebrates the historic Women's March to the Union Buildings in 1960.

However, on the 60th anniversary, women still remain vulnerable in society.

The 9 August 1956 march which was led by Sophia Williams-De Bruyn, Helen Joseph, Lilian Ngoyi and Rahima Moosa, saw 20 000 women present a petition to then Prime Minister, JG Strijdom. The women were protesting against the restrictive and inhumane Pass Laws under the apartheid government.

702's Nikiwe Bikitsha (standing in for John Robbie) spoke to the only surviving member of the leadership of the historic 1956 march, Sophia Williams-De Bruyn, regarding the struggle for women to gain equal status throughout the years.

She lamented the status of women in society today, particularly violent crimes against women such as rape and human trafficking.

Listen to the interview below:

We have come a long way. That joy is so real to me today when I see all they have achieved. They can choose anything they want to do.

Sophia Williams De Bruyn, struggle veteran

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