National Women’s Month
In South Africa women are celebrated during the month of August, National Women’s Month, with National Women’s Day observed on 9 August each year. The first National Women's Day was celebrated on 9 August 1995. The day commemorates the 1956 march of approximately 20 000 women to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to petition against the country's pass laws that required South Africans defined as ‘black’ under The Population Registration Act to carry an internal passport, known as a pass, that served to maintain population segregation, control urbanisation and manage migrant labour during the apartheid era. In South Africa we have had women in the fire brigade from around 1982. Today, we have several female chief fire officers, commanders and women in leadership roles. But not enough. Let’s use the reminder of National Women’s month to encourage our youngsters to achieve their dreams, irrespective of their gender and respect each other’s individuality and uniqueness.
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“The role of a fire fighter in today’s society – be it urban, rural, natural environment, volunteer, career, industrial, defence force, aviation, motor sport or other is one of dedication, commitment and sacrifice – no matter what country we reside and work in. In the fire service we fight together against one common enemy, fire, no matter what country we come from, what uniform we wear or what language we speak.” ~ Lt JJ Edmondson, 1999
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