August Women

The August Women series celebrates the solidarity of South African sisterhood, in memory of the 9th of August in 1956 when women united in a defiance campaign march on Parliament. The images of dancing, singing women honors the memory of those heroic activists who danced, and continue to dance defiantly in the face of injustice.

Many of those August women did not live to enjoy the freedom they gave their lives for. Many suffered abominably at the hands of the apartheid regime, being brutally assaulted, jailed or exiled. Many lost their families, their income and their homes because of the cruel injustices of apartheid. There is a need not only to acknowledge and honour these foremothers of our free country, but to ensure that future generations will be able to cherish their recorded memory.


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