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August 06, 2009

Celebrate Women’s Day with a special film at the Iziko South African Museum

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Iziko South African Museum, photo courtesy Damien du Toit

When last did you attend a free event that was both significant and powerful? There’s one coming up soon: a film called Iron Ladies of Liberia will be screened at the Iziko South African Museum in central Cape Town at 13h00 on August 9, 2009 – National Women’s Day. It will also be shown on August 10, at 13h00.

Wathint’ abafazi wathint’ imbokodo! The phrase, “you strike a woman, you strike a rock”, tells us of the strength, spirit and courage that African women possess.

In 1965, 200 000 women marched to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to face Prime Minister JG Strijdom and protest against the Urban Areas Act, also known as the pass laws. They marched, sang protest songs and stood in silence for 30 minutes, while carrying their children.

This Women’s Day, we celebrate today’s mothers, sisters and daughters by reminding them of remarkable women such as Liberia’s Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, the first woman to be elected president of an African country, portrayed in the movie Iron Ladies of Liberia.

The movie gives us a new perspective on Johnson-Sirleaf’s cabinet and her debut year in government as president. She was elected to this position in 2006, partly through the overwhelming encouragement of the women who cast their votes.

This inspiring documentary will be screened in the TH Barry Lecture Theatre at the museum.

Iziko South African Museum of Cape Town offers free entry to children under the age of 16 and, on various commemorative days, the same for the general public.

For more information on the Iziko South African Museum and the other Iziko Museums of Cape Town, visit www.iziko.org.za or call +27 (0)21 481 3800 for general enquiries.

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