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Celebrate Women’s Day!



In the year of Charlotte Maxeke, join Iziko Museums of South Africa for a series of virtual events and *FREE entry this Women’s Day

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Iziko Museums will be celebrating Women’s Day on Monday, 9 August with a series of events! Join us for a virtual panel discussion, an online memorial lecture in honour of Annie Silinga, and for *FREE entry to selected Iziko Museums.

In 2021, the year of Charlotte Maxeke, Iziko Museums’ Women’s Day programme will pay a special tribute to all women who sacrificed their lives for the freedom and democracy we enjoy today. Here, we remember the 20 000 women of South Africa, who, of different diversity, led a protest march to Pretoria in 1956 to oppose the apartheid laws that were designed to undermine the dignity of the black majority.   

Join us for a panel discussion: titled Generation Equality: Realising women’s rights for an equal future, this panel discussion will feature women who play an important and significant role in society: young activists, poets, academics, parliamentarians, researchers and general members of various communities. This discussion comes at a time when museums are transforming into sites of inter- and intra-generational conversations and dialogues – demonstrating the vital role museums play as sites of engagement and cultural diplomacy. The discussion begins at 11h00; register here to participate: For additional event information, contact Dr Wandile Kasibe on 021 481 3814 or at  

Join us for the Annie Silinga Memorial Lecture: Iziko Museums and the Silinga family invite you to a memorial lecture in honour of Annie Silinga – member of the African National Congress, organiser of the first Federation of South Africa’s Women conference and lifelong opponent of pass laws. The online lecture features speakers Zou Kota, Pallo Jordan, Allan Boesak, Zandile Tshamlambo, Lynn Carneson and is moderated by Nomvume Ralarala.

The memorial lecture begins at 14h00; register here to participate:

Visit Iziko Museums for *FREE: Explore selected Iziko Museums for *FREE on Women’s Day! This includes the Iziko South African Museum, the Iziko South African National Gallery, and the Iziko Slave Lodge.

These sites will be open with three timed-access entry sessions:

Session 1: 09h30 – 11h00

Closed for cleaning and sanitising: 11h00 – 11h15

Session 2: 11h15 – 13h00

Closed for cleaning and sanitising: 13h00 – 13h15

Session 3: 13h15 – 14h45


When visiting the Museums, your health and safety, and that of our staff, is of utmost importance. Please note that there are Covid-19 protocols in place to ensure the safety of both staff and visitors; we thank you for all your efforts in maintaining social distancing to keep both yourself and us safe.

Throughout this uncertain period, Iziko has been online and working to showcase our unique work and collections on the website. Visit to explore all that we have on offer, and keep up-to-date on COVID19 safety protocols and opening hours. Make sure to also like, follow and share our social media pages on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and TikTok!

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