Presentation by Yaliwe Clarke (Lecturer, AGI) to mark National Women's Day - 18 August 2011 - Remembering (unsung) Sheroes: A Critical Reflection of Womanhood and Citizenship

Yaliwe Clarke was invited by the Centre for Higher Education Development (CHED) Transformation Committee at the University of Cape Town (UCT) to their Woman's Day talk held on the 18th August 2011. The title of Yaliwe's paper was "Remembering (unsung) Sheroes: A Critical Reflection of Womanhood and Citizenship." In her presentation, Yaliwe first showed a short documentary of how South African women organised and protested against the Apartheid administration before and after the 9 August 1956 march to Pretoria’s Union Buildings. She then highlighted several points emanating from the documentary. Yaliwe mentioned that one point that is often forgotten when the story of the march to the Union Buildings is told today is how women’s organising was not only confined to the 9th of August. “When you see this [the documentary] there was such a build up and it continued after 1956…and [the consistent organising by the women] continued for 50 years.” Also at the talk was poetess Bulelwa Basse who recited a poem titled, A woman’s journey.