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South Africa Women's day


]A public holiday to celebrate women.

In 1956 a group of women marched on the government offices in Pretoria to protest against the law requiring them to carry passbooks. This day is now remembered as a day to honour those women and women in general in the country.
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Re: South Africa Women's day


We don't really have one in Finland. The international Women's Day was always more of a soviet/communist block thing.

About a decade ago ]Minna Canth Day was created as day of equality.

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This one is a political thing because of the law that made people carry passbooks if they weren't "white". Then when they realised that the "white" population needed to prove their identity with more than a mere birth certificate, they introduced ID cards. The idea was to keep Africans out of "white" areas if they didn't have permission to be there, and that permission had to be renewed every year. So they forced families apart when members came to the cities to find work, but then had to go "home" every year so the tribal chief could sign their books. Employers also had to sign the book so anyone who had a book but wasn't employed wasn't allowed to be away from their tribal homeland. This was to divide and rule the people who had every right to be wherever they chose in Africa. So today we have dozens of different ethnic identities as a result. It's getting better now, people are intermarrying and moving to permanent homes wherever they want, so not so much of going "home" every summer, as much as going on holiday instead.
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