Today is National Women’s Day in South Africa

On this day in 1956, one of the largest demonstrations in South Africa’s history took place when 20,000 women marched peacefully against unjust “pass laws” used to maintain segregation and control freedom of movement during the apartheid regime. A protest song composed for the occasion led to the now commonly used phrase, "you strike a woman, you strike a rock," which has come to represent women's courage and strength.

As we honor the contributions of these admirable women, we thank all of our partners — especially the women who have taken part in our clinical studies — for helping to make a healthy future possible for women in South Africa and everywhere. 

Happy National Women’s Day!