Women’s Day: Youth Urged to Emulate 1956 March Heroines


Sophie De Bruyn

Struggle stalwart Sophia de Bruyn has called on young people to follow in the footsteps of her peers.

She was one of the four women who were in the forefront of the 1956 women’s march on August the ninth, in protest against pass laws. On this day 60 years ago 20 000 women marched to the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

The official Women’s Day event will take place at the Unions Buildings from where President Jacob Zuma will deliver the keynote address.

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De Bruyn attended a ceremony to lay wreaths on the graves of her comrades.

“It was a non-racial gathering of women, 20 000 of them and this is symbolic of our country that we are a non-racial country even during that time.  We expect the young people whom we’ve laid the foundation for to follow in their footsteps. With courage, commitment and dedication to wage their own struggles because the struggles that we waged is no yet complete,” says de Bruyn.

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