Supporting, championing and connecting women in creative industries

South Africa commemorates Women’s Month in August as a tribute to the thousands of women who marched to the Union Buildings on 9 August 1956 in protest against the extension of Pass Laws to women. This historic march was a turning point in the role of women in the struggle for freedom and society at large. Since that eventful day, women from all walks of life became equal partners in the struggle for a non-racial and non-sexist South Africa. The march was
coordinated by the Federation of South African Women (Fedsaw) led by four women: Lillian Ngoyi, Helen Joseph, Rahima Moosa and Sophia Williams De Bruyn. These leaders
delivered petitions to the then Prime Minister JG Strijdom’s office at the Union Buildings.
Women throughout the country had put their names to these petitions, indicating their
anger and frustration at having their freedom of movement restricted by the hated official
passes. The Government of South Africa declared August Women’s Month and 9 August
is celebrated annually as Women’s Day. Women’s Month is a tribute not only to the
thousands of women who marched on that day in 1956, but also a tribute to the pioneers of
the women’s movement in this country, dating back to 1913, when women like Charlotte
Maxeke led the way in establishing the ANC Women’s League and encouraging women to
engage in the struggle for freedom. Pioneers include Cissy, Jaynab and Amina Gool, who
were amongst the leaders of the National Liberation League and the Non-European
United Front of the 1930s. Women’s Month also serves to recall and recognise the work
of Dora Tamana, Winifred Siqwana, Ida Mntwana, Bertha Gxowa, Florence Matomela
and other stalwarts of the 1950s, who led militant women’s formation for the rights of
workers and the rights of women Cre8xion is a non profit organization that supports,
champions and connects creative women from Soshanguve, Mabopane, Garankuwa and
Mothotlung they hosted their second annual campaign at Matlau Store at Mmakau on
the 9th of august 2017 to celebrate women’s month. They are a community of women and
men who help one another to gain courage, inspiration, and the skills to grow their own
businesses. Cre8xion organization is a member of the African Womens Development Forum
grant, making sure resources reach the hundreds of African women’s organisations
that are working in diverse ways to improve the lives of women and African society at large.