Women

wom12. Caroline Motsoaledi

Caroline Motsoaledi was the wife of Andrew Motsoaledi, one of the accused in the Rivonia trial. She was held in detention and released without charge. This leaflet highlighted the situation of South African women who were arrested for questioning about their husband’s activities. Children were often left alone and uncared for when their parents were arrested.

po178. SWAPO women’s tour, 1975

Poster publicising a speaking tour of Europe by Putuse Appolus from the Namibian Women’s League and a representative of SWAPO’s Youth League in the summer of 1975. The two women spent two weeks in Britain, meeting women’s groups, student unions and labour movement representatives. The UN designated 1975 as International Women’s Year.

wom10. ‘Women under Apartheid’ conference

Agenda for the AAM’s first women’s conference, held in April 1976. It was attended by 150 people from women’s organisations, trade unions and church groups. Speakers included former South African political prisoners Dulcie September and Joyce Sikakane, Labour minister Margaret Jackson and Pauline Webb from the Methodist Church Overseas Division.

wom11. ‘Women under Apartheid’ conference

The AAM held its first women’s conference in April 1976. It was attended by 150 people from women’s organisations, trade unions and church groups. Speakers included former South African political prisoners Dulcie September and Joyce Sikakane, Labour minister Margaret Jackson and Pauline Webb from the Methodist Church Overseas Division.

pic7603. Joyce Sikakane at AAM Women’s Conference

Over 150 women attended an AAM conference on Women Under Apartheid on 24 April 1976. Speakers included Dulcie September and Joyce Sikakane from South Africa, Ethel de Keyser from the AAM, representatives of the NUS and the trade union AUEW (TASS), and Methodist Pauline Webb.

pic7602. Dulcie September at AAM Women’s Conference

Over 150 women attended an AAM conference on Women Under Apartheid on 24 April 1976. Speakers included Dulcie September and Joyce Sikakane from South Africa, Ethel de Keyser from the AAM, representatives of the NUS and the trade union AUEW (TASS), and Methodist Pauline Webb.

po027. Women Under Apartheid

Poster produced for the AAM conference on ‘Women Under Apartheid’ held in London on 24 April 1976. The speakers at the conference were former political prisoners Dulcie September and Joyce Sikakane, Ethel de Keyser from the AAM, representatives of the NUS and the trade union AUEW (TASS), and Methodist Pauline Webb. 

pic7801. ‘Freedom for Winnie Mandela’

Anti-apartheid women supporters demanded an end to police harassment of Winnie Mandela at a demonstration at South Africa House on 9 February, 1978. She was charged with breaking the banning order that confined her to Brandfort, an African township outside Bloemfontein.