1 000 Eastern Cape leave for Pretoria for Women's Day celebrations

BY JESICA SLABBERT - AUGUST 8, 2016

Around 1 000 women from the Eastern Cape left for Pretoria by trains on Monday - for the national Women’s Day Celebrations that will take place on Tuesday. 

United in song and ululation at the East London Train Station on Monday morning, 740 women were bade farewell by the Premier of the Eastern Cape, Phumulo Masualle.

The other 240 delegates also left for Pretoria from the Port Elizabeth train station in the morning.

“There are still things that are yet to be attained in respect of gender equality. We’ve got to use this month to strengthen our campaigns and our efforts at securing gender equality and end a society where violence against women and children is rife,” said the Premier, to those gathered to see the women off.

“We’ve got to work even harder, use this month to campaign for a society in which women are empowered to play a meaningful role in the economy of the country, in the development of our country.” said Masualle.

This year marks the 60th Anniversary of women, who marched to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to demand an end to the pass laws on 09 August 1956.

The Celebrations will be held under the theme: “Women Unite in Moving South Africa Forward”.

Among the delegation leaving from East London is Mama Bella Joyi, who was part of the 1956 march.

 “I think the issue of equality is very critical at this time because only together we can make this country flourish, and become better. It’s when men appreciate that women, as equals, have an equal role to play in the development of our country,” the Premier said.