August is Women’s Month in South Africa. It is a time when we honour and celebrate the countless women who sacrificed their lives for the freedom and equality of others. Today we take a look at some of the iconic female freedom fighters and political activists that were instrumental in fighting for South Africa’s liberation.
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History and Politics
On the 9th of August, South Africans celebrate National Women’s Day to commemorate the Women’s March of 1956. Read about the history of National Women’s Day and find out how you can celebrate this year.
On June 16 each year, South Africans celebrate Youth Day. Youth Day commemorates the Soweto Uprising, which took place on 16 June 1976, where thousands of students were ambushed by the apartheid regime. Learn more about Youth Day and its history.
Celebrated each year on the 27th of April, Freedom Day honours South Africa’s first democratic election of 1994. Learn more about Freedom Day in our latest post.
Discover the history of Robben Island, the site of the former maximum-security prison that housed key anti-apartheid heroes including Nelson Mandela.
From the Pass Laws to the horrific events of the Sharpeville Massacre of 1960, find out why we celebrate Human Rights Day in South Africa on the 21st of March.