Msobomvu Community Hall was painted with colours of hope as about 300 women took charge of the Women’s Day celebrations. Members of the Mnquma’s Women’s Forum; Imbumba Yamakhosikazi Akomkhulu and Women’s Caucus were champions of these celebrations. August month is marked as Women’s Month in all corners of South Africa, with the date of the 9th set aside celebrations of Women’s Day in commemoration of the thousands of women who marched to the Union Building in protest against the extension of pass laws to women.

The August month also reminds South Africans that the struggle for women’s freedom, justice and equality continues. Oppression of women and the dominance of patriarchal structures, whether within the family or in the community, is sustained largely due to lack of access to basic services and resources.

Every August allows government and other stakeholders to engage with communities to intensify public education and awareness on women’s rights.

The event had two focal areas of emphasis;

• Fight against women and children violence

• Capacitation of women to curb domestic violence.

Mnquma Local Municipality engaged with sector departments including South African Police Services, Social Development, Health, South African Social Security Agency,  Home Affairs and Correctional Services to stand together and declare war against any form of violence.