Women’s day – Every year on 9 August we celebrate Women’s Day in South Africa. A day that commemorates a 1956 protest lead by Lilian Ngoyi, Helen Joseph, Albertina Sisulu and Sophia Williams-De Bruyn. To rise up against the legislation that required black South Africans to carry the “pass” (special identification documents which infringed on their freedom of movement during the Apartheid era), approximately 20 000 women from all over the country took to the streets of Pretoria to stage a peaceful march to the Union Buildings. After delivering bundles of petitions containing more than 100 000 signatures to Prime Minister J.G Strijdom’s offices, they stood in silence for thirty minutes awaiting ruling. A song was composed in honour of this momentous occasion, “Wathint’ Abafazi Wathint’ imbokodo!” (Now you have touched the women, you have struck a rock).
An inspiring display of political strength, female solidarity and inner fortitude, the march on August 9 1956 is both a reminder of the great women who helped mould South Africa and the trailblazing women who continue to lead the country forward.
In celebration of this day I was invited to attend a Women’s day brunch at Cafe Caprice, situated along the Main road of beautiful Camps Bay overlooking one of South Africa’s most beautiful beaches.
The Women Who Brunch Celebration event started at 10:30, where we were served a glass of Veuve Clicquot Champagne upon arrival. Our shared breakfast consisted of:
- Freshly Baked Mini Salmon Bagels with Cream Cheese & Spring Onions
- Homemade Muesli with Coconut Shavings, Dried Nuts & Berries served with Greek Yoghurt and Fynbos Honey
- Courgette, Olives, Red Pepper & Feta Frittata served with Fresh Herbs
After breakfast we had the opportunity to listen to some incredible women in business guest speakers. It was inspiring to listen to the following women tell us their success (and failure) stories and how they had fought their way up in a predominantly male industries:
- Aimee Kellen: Moet-Hennesey Champagne Portfolio Manager at the Really Great Brand Company.
- Lucy Worsley: CEO, Entrepeneur, Motivational Speaker & Founder of Empire Marketing.
- Alex van Tonder: Entrepeneur, Motivational Speaker & Author.
- Lior van Embden:Marketing Guru, Entrepeneur & CMO of Blok Properties.
- Chwayita Nqiwa-Twalo: Entrepeneur, Founder of IgnitPR, Motivational Speaker & Member of Silicon Cape.
After the last speaker we were served lunch. I found this to be a tough task being the indecisive female that I am, considering I wanted everything on the menu. I however, opted for Grilled Rump Topped with Cafe de Paris Butter served with a Greek Salad.
For the event I wore a Black Leather Jacket (The Fix) over a long sleeve Grey V-neck Shirt (Cotton On) with black jeggings and taupe-coloured Block Heels (Cotton On). Bag (Topshop), Sunglasses: (Ray-Ban), Watch (Fossil Retro Traveler – AM4454)
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All of the stunning ladies I got to spend this day with.
Cape Town sunsets are just out of this world
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