Politicians gather for Women's Day vigil

Prominent female figures plan to meet in Tshwane for a vigil ahead of Women’s Day celebrations.

The ANC Women’s League at the Charlotte Maxeke memorial address delivered by President Jacob Zuma in honour of women’s month at the University of the Free State on 4 August, 2012. Picture: Theo Nkonki/Eyewitness News.

JOHANNESBURG - A number of prominent women in government are expected to gather at the Tshwane City Hall on Wednesday ahead of Women's Day celebrations.

The vigil will honour women who took part in the 1956 march for women's rights, as well as inspirational women of today.

ANC Women's League spokesperson Troy Martens said various politicians, ministers and other senior officials will join hands in prayer.

In 1956, around 20,000 women marched to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to protest against pass laws.

The march was led by ANC veterans such as Albertina Sisulu and Lilian Ngoyi.

Since 9 August 1994, the day has been made a national holiday to mark the events of 1956.