Members of the Empire Club co-operative - Manenberg, Cape Town
Women’s Day is a South African public holiday and marks the anniversary of the great women’s march in 1956. On this day, 20 000 of women marched to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to protest against the carrying of pass books for women. This objective of this new order was to dominate women even further by reducing them to passive individuals.
It draws recognition to issues that African women still face in the country today. This includes gender-based violence, the accessibility of education, unemployment and inadequate working environments. In addition to this, Women’s Day is an acknowledgement of the women in South Africa who took part in the fight for freedom throughout the country.
Township® celebrates the strength and resilience of women in township-based communities in Cape Town. Our established reputation promotes the importance of women in society and their right to influence change. This forms the foundation of our ethical brand. The mission of Township® is closely-aligned to the call of Women’s Day in South Africa as it focuses both on empowering women and promoting gender equality throughout the country.