Women’s day, women’s month for who? For South African women or South African government and politicians?
Keywords:Women’s day, women empowerment, gender-based violence, stakeholders, role players.
Women’s day and women’s month in South Africa are celebrated based on the role and contributions made by women in the struggle of South African people during the apartheid era. Women’s day is celebrated to honor the 20 0000 women that marched to the Union Buildings in Pretoria on 09 August 1956. The objective of this study was to show the significanceof the role played by the women of 1956 and the role of the women of today. The generational mission of women of 1956 has been misused and misinterpreted, the study intends to provide reasons why the celebration of this day and month does not add tangible value to the women of today. The purpose of this article is to show that the celebration of women’s month does not speak to how women are socially treated and how they are economically struggling. The study aims to spark a debate on how women of today can be protected and celebrated. The study applied secondary research methodology because the data is available and accessible. The study found that the women of today are experiencing difficult times in all aspects and there is nothing to celebrate. The study concludes that even though the South African government and various stakeholders are trying to stop gender-based violence and empower women, the impact is not widely visible.