August is officially Women’s Month in South Africa – a time to celebrate women and their contributions to society. Women are the backbone of this country, and in August we commemorate women in all their splendour.

This year’s Women’s Day is a bit different due to COVID-19, but the pandemic won’t halt the celebration of phenomenal women. We’re giving your business five ways to celebrate the women in your organization. But first, some background information on the significance of August being declared National Women’s Month and the 9th of August being National Women’s Day.

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Why do we celebrate Women’s Month?

We commemorate Women’s Month in August to pay tribute to over 20 000 women who marched to the union buildings, on the 9th of August 1956, to protest against the extension of Pass Laws to women. The day was monumental because women came in large numbers despite race, class and creed to stand together during Apartheid South Africa and march for a common goal.


Why do we celebrate Women’s Day? 

The 9th of August, now Women’s Day, was the day that the women marched to the union buildings in 1956.


Is Women’s Day a public holiday? 

Yes, Women’s Day is a public holiday in South Africa, and this year the 9th of August falls on a Sunday, which means that Monday the 10th of August 2020 is a public holiday.


Here are five ways you can celebrate women during Women’s Month in your business: 

1. Host a breakfast or lunch for the women in your company.

Treat your female employees to a little breakfast or brunch to celebrate them during Women’s Month.


2. Donate to a Women’s charity.

Donate to a Women’s shelter or charity, here are some Gender-Based Violence initiatives you can contribute to:


 3. Host a women’s wellness talk. 

Get a women’s health professional to give a talk and answer some questions to the women in your organization about women’s health issues. This talk can be done via a video conferencing app to maintain social distance.


 4. Share inspiring quotes by women on your social media platform.

You can also tailor this to feature inspirational women from your business on your social media platforms.


 5. Mentor and provide internship opportunities for young women. 

Use your expertise in your chosen field to mentor and develop young women, especially previously disadvantaged women.

There are endless ways to celebrate women during Women’s Month in a substantial way. Let us know how you intend on celebrating the amazing women in your business.

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