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Women's Day on Saturday was marked by a mixture of activities that celebrated womanhood and at the same time urged further strides in protecting and advancing women's rights.
Women's Day is celebrated internationally in March, but in South Africa, August 9 marks the day in 1956 when thousands of women descended on the Union Buildings in Pretoria to demand the repeal of the pass laws.
A "pass book" or a "dompas" was a document that severely restricted black South Africans' freedom of movement during apartheid.
At first only black men had to carry passes, but in 1956 the National Party government extended it to black women.
Events on Saturday ranged from the "largest belly dance show" in Cape Town, a documentary film festival by women film makers in Johannesburg, to a speech by President Thabo Mbeki calling on the nation to stand up against the abuse of women.
"Violence against women violates the rights and undermines the dignity of our sisters, mothers and daughters. It undermines our democratic victory," Mbeki said in Ga-Matlala, North West.
A survey by Ipsos Markinor found that about 26percent of South African women feel their personal safety has deteriorated, with women over 50 feeling the most vulnerable.
Mbeki said South Africa was inspired by countless heroines, and listed names such as Gertrude Shope, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and his mother, Epainette.
In Tshwane, Gauteng premier Mbhazima Shilowa said the province was getting more girl pupils to finish matric and spoke about their skill in mathematics and science.
He told the audience at the Union Buildings about the province's plans for 20 early childhood development centres which would be daycare facilities with an educational slant. - Sapa