Anti-apartheid activist to give Salter Lecture

Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge will give the Salter Lecture 2020

South African activist Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge will give the Salter Lecture 2020 at Yearly Meeting Gathering in Bath. The announcement was made on World Quaker Day by the Quaker Socialist Society (QSS), which arranges the lecture.

A QSS member said that after years of campaigning against apartheid, Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge was a delegate to the convention that negotiated the transition from apartheid in 1991 and helped draft the new constitution. ‘As a long standing feminist, she helped to ensure that, through the Women’s Charter for Effective Equality, women’s needs were represented in the constitution.’

After being elected to parliament in 1994, when South Africa held its first democratic and non-racial elections, the activist was appointed deputy minister of defence in 1999 and went on to challenge the attitude among the military that ‘if you want to achieve peace, you must prepare for war’. The campaigner was later appointed deputy minister of health in 2004 and pushed for a more forceful approach to South Africa’s HIV crisis, which led to her dismissal. More recently she has campaigned to end sex-trafficking of women in South Africa.

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