Ahmed Kathrada Foundation calls for women's equality this Women's Month

The Foundation's Neeshan Balton says the 1956 march transcended race and ideological issues.

FILE: Hundreds of women march in Durban to commemorate National Women's Day 9 August 2002 to remember those who died in the struggle in defeating apartheid. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - The Ahmed Kathrada Foundation says women's equality should be a national focus point.

In celebration of Women's Month the foundation will be hosting a wreath laying ceremony tomorrow that commemorates the 60th anniversary of the Women's March.

Around 20,000 women walked to the Union Building in 1956 to petition against the country's pass laws.

One of the march's leaders, Sophia Williams-De Bruyn, will be joined by other stalwarts and activists at the graves of Helen Joseph and Lilian Ngyoi as well as of Rahima Moosa and Albertina Sisulu.

The Foundation's Neeshan Balton said: "Ideally we would want it to be everyday but what the month does is that it has sharpened a particular area of society that requires national attention."

Balton says the march transcended race and ideological issues.

"Perhaps that's the key point that women must begin to look at rather than trying to tackle issues of women's equality through the prism of a particular political party."