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Women's Month

August is Women's Month in South Africa, a time to celebrate Women who fought and continue to fight for freedom, gender equality and economic emancipation. This month commemorates 9 August 1956 when Women participated in a national march petitioned against the ‘’Pass Law’’ (legislation that required African persons to carry a document to ‘prove ‘that they were allowed to enter ‘whites areas’).

The Women’s march was a spectacular success. Women from all parts of the country arrived in Pretoria (Tshwane), some from as far afield as Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. They then flocked to the Union Buildings in a determined yet orderly manner. Estimates of the number of Women ranged from 10 000 to 20 000, which saw the biggest demonstration yet held.

The significance of the Women’s march is analyzed as follows: Women had once again shown that the stereotype of Women as politically being inept and immature, tied to the home (more especially the kitchen) was outdated and inaccurate. The Alliance decided that 9 August would henceforth be celebrated as Women’s Day; and it is now, in South Africa, commemorated each year as a national holiday.

The month of August acts as a catalyst for people to begin and continue to talk about issues surrounding South African Women, in South Africa and abroad. It is a unique event that promotes discussion, education, awareness and action.

This year will mark yet another year that people around the country get together to honor the memory of all those women who fought and continue to fight together for the rights of women of South Africa and Africa as a whole.

This month we will celebrate the likes of, among thousands if not millions others; Lillian Ngoyi, Helen Joseph, Frances Baard, Florence Matomela, Valliama Munuswami Mudliar, Charlotte Manye Maxeke, Rahima Moosa, Ruth First, Winifred Kgaore, Ellen Khuzwayo, Madie Hall-Xuma, Cissy Gool, Ray Alexander Simons, Ida Mntwana, Dora Tamana, Annie Silinga and many many many more.

StageFright cc thus humbly proposes to render and Industrial Theatre Performance/ Play/ Drama for your organization to lead the Celebrations to mark the National Women’s Month in an effort to highlight and overcome challenges that Women are facing today, especially in the workplace.

The objectives of this form of intervention are as follows:

  • To recognize Women as catalysts of the South African Democracy;
  • To create and sustain Awareness around issues of Women empowerment in the workplace;
  • To challenge all Women to take personal Responsibility for their own lives;
  • To encourage both Men and Women to look at themselves and interrogate their own behaviors in a non-threatening way.
  • To foster a sense of Respect and Pride in our Women;
  • To challenge Women to strive for greater heights;
  • To bridge the Status gap which has been created between Men and Women;
  • To encourage both Women and Men to work in harmony instead of against each other;
  • To foster a sense of unison, alignment and teamwork within the entire organization;
  • To discourage the fear of the unknown to those who feel threatened by the rise of the new South African Woman, especially in the workplace.