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Govt unveils heritage monument to honour 1956 Women's March leaders

Sophia de Bruyn, one of the leaders of the march, is happy with the progress women have made.

Government has officially launched the Women’s Living Heritage Monument in Pretoria in honour of the women who marched against pass laws in 1956. Picture: Dineo Bendile/EWN

PRETORIA - Government has officially launched the Women's Living Heritage Monument in Pretoria in honour of the women who marched against pass laws in 1956.

Today women from across the country will celebrate the 9 August march at the Union Buildings where President Jacob Zuma will be giving an official address.

Earlier today government unveiled the statues of the four women who led the anti-pass laws march in 1956.

Now women from all parts of the country will march through the streets of Pretoria, to the seat of government, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the iconic Women's March.

The inner city streets are filled with busses transporting women to the Union Buildings.

African National Congress Women's League members in their green and black uniforms are also making their way to the venue for the official celebrations.

Government says today will be a day to celebrate the achievements South African women have made.

At the same time, struggle stalwart Sophia de Bruyn is also at the official event. She's one of the women who led the march in 1956.

De Bruyn says it gives her great joy to see how far women have come in advancing their rights.

"Today when I see what they've achieved, they've achieved a lot. They can choose their own professions, they can choose anything they want to do, and I often say to them that it's no longer a case of the sky being the limit. But you can go beyond the sky because you can even become an astronaut."