Women’s Month – South Africa
South Africa celebrates Women’s Month in August as a tribute to the more than 20 000 women who marched to Union Buildings on 9 August 1956 in protest against the expansion of Pass Laws to women.
Women’s month is an important opportunity to celebrate women’s achievements and contributions to the country and to highlight issues such as gender based violence (GBV) and gender inequality.
As part of their Women’s Month commemorations, Scania organised a self-defence workshop for employees. This initiative was complementary to other activities that seek to address the root causes of GBV and the inequalities faced by women.
Recently, GBV has been in the spotlight in South Africa after a series of violent crimes against women (many by their intimate partners) were highlighted by the media. Intimate partner violence is the most common form of violence experienced by South African women and is the leading cause of death amongst this group. More women are killed by their current or former intimate male partner in South Africa than in any other country in the world. The 2016 Demographic and Health Survey by Statistics South Africa noted that one in every five partnered women experienced physical violence by a partner.