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Younger generation ignorant about Women's Day

Young women do not fully understand the importance of National Women’s Day, according to older women.

Young women do not fully understand the importance of National Women’s Day, according to older women.

CAPE TOWN - Some Khayelitsha women on Thursday warned that some members of the younger generation do not fully understand the importance or relevance of Women's Day.

The country marks 56 years since 20,000 women marched to the Union Buildings, to demonstrate against apartheid pass laws.

Mothers from the Cape township said many young women do not appreciate the significance of the date.

"They don't know what it means. They think it's a day to go and drink in shebeens."

Another woman said modern women do not respect themselves.

Most women expressed their disapproval of women falling pregnant out of the wedlock.

The older generation believes women need to be taught about the role of women in the new South Africa.

Meanwhile, President Jacob Zuma addressed women at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

Zuma said the government has made progress in empowering women but admitted that more still needs to be done.