Oppression and Resistance: The Struggle of Women in Southern Africa

Oppression and Resistance: The Struggle of Women in Southern Africa

Oppression and Resistance: The Struggle of Women in Southern Africa

Oppression and Resistance: The Struggle of Women in Southern Africa

Synopsis

"Lapchick and Urdang's work is an important addition to the material on contemporary Southern African women. Its level... makes it accessible to a general audience. The authors have drawn from United Nations documents; South African newspapers, research reports, government policy statements; and interviews with participants in the various resistance activities documented. As a revision of papers prepared for the World Conference of the United Nations Decade for Women in Copenhagen in 1980, the work's focus is the present apartheid system and efforts to abolish it." - International Journal of African Historical Studies

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Lucille M. Mair, Secretary-General, World Conference of the United Nations Decade for Women (Copenhagen, 1980)

The general subject of apartheid in South Africa has been widely written about, discussed and debated. No political system has been the subject of greater denunciation in the second half of the twentieth century. the United Nations has designated it as a crime against humanity.

However, the subject of women under apartheid has been seriously neglected by researchers in the past. When this topic was added to the agenda of the World Conference of the United Nations Decade for Women, which took place in Copenhagen in July 1980, the authors, who served as consultants for our secretariat, undertook extensive research efforts. They conducted interviews, met with the liberation movements recognized by the Organization of African Unity (OAU), with the oau itself, with United Nations organizations and specialized agencies, and with a large number of groups that deal with questions on Southern Africa.

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