Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge: Lessons in Transition to Peace
Nozizwe Charlotte Madlala-Routledge is a Quaker South African politician and activist who started her life of political activism under the tutelage of Steve Biko, a leading light of the grassroots anti-apartheid campaign known as the Black Consciousness Movement. Madlala-Routledge moved on to join the ANC and the South African Communist Party, which were both banned, and as was detained a number of times without trial. The latest period was serving a year in solitary confinement.
After the first democratic elections she served as a Member of Parliament, Deputy Minister of Defense and of Health in the post-apartheid government and then as Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly. She is the founder and Executive Director of Embrace Dignity, a non-profit campaigning for legal reform to abolish the exploitative system of prostitution and support South African women wanting to exit the sex industry. She is serving as Friend in Residence in spring 2020. In addition to public events, Nozizwe is teaching an anthropology course titled "Lessons in Transition to Peace - The South African Example", that will give students an opportunity to engage with issues, theories and methodologies of nonviolent and violent struggles, peace negotiations, transitional justice, post conflict reconstruction and peacebuilding by looking at South Africa as a case study.
Nozizwe's QuakerSpeak video: A Quaker Response to State-Sponsored Violence
Learn more at QuakerSpeak: State Violence.
- Monday, February 24
Race, Power, and Quakerism in South Africa
Co-sponsored by Quaker and Special Collections
Watch "Race, Power, and Quakerism in South Africa"
- Wednesday, May 20
Peace Talk: Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge and Bridget Moix
Quaker Welcome Center Events - Watch at Home
Co-sponsored with Friends Committee on National Legislation
Watch "Peace Talk"
- Thursday, May 28
Stories of Hope and Courage: Quakers from South Africa
Co-sponsored by Friends World Committee for Consultation, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, and Haverford College Alumni Relations