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Topnews, South Africa

14. August 2014


This year’s Women’s Month is significant in that South Africa marks 60 years since the signing of the Women’s Charter on 17 April 1954 in Johannesburg. Furthermore, it is 20 years since the adoption of the 1994 Women’s Charter for Effective Equality.

President Jacob Zuma says important strides have been made in realising the vision of the Women’s Charter since the dawn of freedom and democracy.

Addressing the main Women’s Day celebration in Umlazi, Durban, on 9 August, President Zuma said the Women's Charter of 1954 influenced the content and spirit of the 1994 Women's Charter for effective equality, and also the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa of 1996.

“The 1954 Women’s Charter preceded the Freedom Charter, signalling the importance accorded to women’s rights in our country,” he said. On that day, about 20 000 women marched to the Union Buildings to protest against the inclusion of women in the pass laws, which sought to control the movements of black people.

President Zuma said South Africa had made progress in meeting the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goal of promoting gender equality and empowering women. Despite the strides that had been made, he said, there was still a long way to go towards full participation by women.

Other events for the month include the Women Awards in Construction on 14 August, the Women in Science Awards on 15 August, the Female Farmer of the Year Awards on 22 August and the Women in Water Awards on 29 August. – Source:

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