Women’s Month 2016

August marks the sixtieth anniversary of the march by 20 000 women against the pass laws in South Africa on 9 August 1956. August is celebrated in in South Africa and in many neighbouring countries as Women’s Month. The month also serves to remind the people of South Africa and the region that the struggle for women’s freedom, justice and equality continues all over the world. On 3 August South Africans held local elections that serve as a useful measure of the depths of democracy with regard to women’s representation and participation.

Date and Time Country Event Venue News and Blogs
Wed 3 South Africa 2016  Local Government Elections
Sat 6 South Africa Announcement of Results of the 2016 Municipal Elections Hall J, Tshwane Events Centre, Pretoria West
Sat 6 South Africa POWA / Constitution Hill Leadership Class – during women’s film festival
Constitution Hill Johannesburg
Mon 8 Press Statement on Gender Attitudes in SA
Tue 9 South Africa Women’s Day
Wed 10
All day
South Africa Oxfam / UNWOMEN consultation on Economic Empowerment
Thurs 11

09.30 – 17.30

South Africa Oxfam /UN Women Southern Africa Consultation on Women’s Economic Empowerment – Expert Consultation
Making  economies  work  for women  in  the  South:  What  will it take?
Nedbank makes a donation to GL during Women’s Month
WITS  Club,  Johannesburg, Op-ed on Economic Justice Chapter
Fri 12
11.30 – 15.45
South Africa – Pretoria SAWID – UNISA Women’s Month Celebrations

Celebrating 60 Years of Women’s Collective Activism for Social Change

ZK Matthews Great Hall, 2nd Level, Theo van Wijk Building, Preller Street, Muckleneuk Ridge
Sun 14 – 17th Swaziland Civil Society Forum Meeting – Barometer launch
Lugogo Sun, Swaziland Press release on Barometer overview
Mon 15 Swaziland Civil society Forum Meeting
Mon 15
South Africa Gender Equality Today” Photo Exhibition
Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture (FADA), Bunting Road Campus (Auckland Park), University of Johannesburg.
Wed 17 Namibia 5th GEM SUMMIT

GMPS Launch

GATEWAY Conferencing centre  Press Statement on the Gender and Media Summit
Wed 17 South Africa The City of Johannesburg Social Development Department celebrating woman’s month Bertrams Empowerment Site
Wed 17
South Africa UN Women Celebrating Women’s Month – Dialogue on Changing Narratives to achieve the equal world we want in the context of the SDGs The MASLOW
Sun International
146 Rivonia Road, Sandton
Thur 18


Namibia 5th GEM SUMMIT Awards GATEWAY Conferencing centre
Wed 24 Kenya The African Women Leaders’ Symposium
Thur 25
Fri 26 South Africa Business Women Association
Business Woman of the Year Awards
Sandton Convention Centre Blog post on Governance chapter
Sat 27 South Africa Ukhamba Gender Links and SAT Entrepreneurship fund raising
GL Cottages, Johannesburg Join our giving event
Sun 28
Mon 29
South Africa Science and the legacy of apartheid on black image
Sheraton Hotel, Pretoria Op-Ed on Education in SADC
Tue 30
 South Africa Gender-based violence: Fact or fiction?
Glenhove Conference Centre, Melrose Estate
Wed 31 Op-Ed on GBV in SADC