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August is Women's Month in South Africa

Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights for an Equal Future

In South Africa, Women’s Month in August commemorates the watershed 1956 women’s march to the Union Buildings and entails activities to advance women’s empowerment and gender equality.

In 2020 Women’s Month takes place under unprecedented conditions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic which has underlined the urgent need to drive the global and country gender agenda despite constraints. National Women’s Day and Women’s Month aligns to the global Generation Equality campaign which has various sub-themes linked to country gender priorities, including impact of COVID-19 on women.

An outcome of the UNFPA programme in South Africa aims to ensure that gender equality, the empowerment of all AGYW, and reproductive rights are advanced in development. This through strengthening civil society and community mobilization to eliminate discriminatory gender and sociocultural norms affecting women and girls. UNFPA also supports increased multi sectoral capacity at national and provincial levels to prevent and respond to GBV.