The first National Women’s Day was celebrated in 1995. Since then annual celebrations take place throughout the country and since then the country has witness the evolution of events and sequences where the National Women’s Day continue to bring at the forefront the womens agenda as key to the national question.
August 09 has become one of the national holidays where activities are organised with women in prominent positions making appearances and giving speeches at different venues across the country. Subsequently August has since been declared National Women’s Month.
Generally women have been at the forefront in the championing and realisation of transformation in South Africa, yet their contributions to social change are often underrepresented and has not truly reflected first the demographics and also the immense efforts by women in rising to the occasion especially in areas that have been predominated by thir male counterparts.
It is upon this background and many other great South African story presented by the strengths, sweat and blood of our South African Women that we present this women excellence platform called Sebenza Women’s Awards”
In one of the largest demonstrations staged in this country’s history, 20 000 women of all races marched to Pretoria’s Union Buildings on 9 August 1956, to present a petition against the carrying of passes by women , this historic event shaped the way the society look at the women emancipation for a better life . Since then, the phrase ‘wathint’ abafazi, wathint’ imbokodo’ (You Strike a Woman, You Strike a Rock) has come to represent the courage and strength of South African women.