National Women’s Day

The 9th of August has become an extremely important day for all South Africans. It all started 53 years ago, 9 August 1956, when over 20.000 women made their way to the Union Building in Pretoria. These brave women arrived in Pretoria to participate in a national march to the Union Building, protesting against legislation that requires African women to carry pass books, an identification document showing that they were allowed to enter a ‘white area’.

The Fedsaw, Federation of South African Women, organised the national march led by four women; Lilian Ngoyi, Sophy Williams, Helen Joseph and Rahima Moosa. These women delivered petitions to the Prime Minister JG Strijdom’s office inside the Union Building. Women from all over the country had put their names to these petitions showing their frustration and anger at having their freedom of movement restricted by the hated official passes.

The national march was a resounding success and South Africa recognises the bravery of all these great women who risked arrest, detention and banning by declaring 9 August National Women’s Day. On National Women’s Day we celebrate and honour women.

On this National Women’s Day, we want to celebrate the Women of Nomad.

In our Nomad Africa office & workshop we have 36 ladies employed out of a total of 74 employees – 1 short of 50% of Nomad’s “manpower”! Our ladies also hold the most management positions in the company & this is definitely something to celebrate for the month of August. We are also a company that prides itself on promoting female travel & we have the privilege of meeting a large amount of female travelers who join us on our tours.
We have amazing team of female guides who are a true breath of fresh air. Their positive attitude, passion for life & for African travel is truly contagious. Each of our tours departs with 2 or 3 local guides, and if you are lucky, Thembi, Gertie, Saima, Cardi, Laurine, Odette, Soli, Tandi, Tara or Dominique might just be one of our brilliant ladies joining you on your tour.

You are the fire that burns bright, keeping the Nomad flame alive and we thank each and every one of you for your hard work and excellence in the industry.

“You educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a woman; you educate a generation.”
Brigham Young

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