Pass law protest

A key issue for the Women's Federation was the government announcement in 1955 of its intention to force women to carry passes. A demonstration was held on the Johannesburg City Hall steps as one of many protests culminating on 9 August 1956 in 20,000 women converging on Pretoria where they assembled at the Union Buildings, the government administrative centre and their leaders, Lilian Ngoyi (ANC), Helen Joseph (COD), Sophie Williams (APO) and Rahima Moosa (SAIC) carried thousands of petitions in to the Prime Minister's office. The Prime Minister, Mr. Strijdom, refused to receive the delegation.


  • Date Created: 09/08/1956


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