On 9 August 1956, about 20 000 women of all races marched to the Union Buildings to protest against the discriminatory pass laws which had restricted the movement of black people in the country. This march has been celebrated since 1995 as Women’s Day, to recognise the important and significant role that political activism by women played during the struggle for liberation against colonisation and apartheid.
Purple is the internationally recognised colour to symbolise women while the combination of the colours green, purple and white is meant to represent women's equality, according to the IWD website. Purple, or the combination of those colors, may be displayed to celebrate International Women's Day.
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