Bernedette Muthien: “Justice and Compassion: South Africa’s Struggles Twenty Years into Democracy”

Bernedette Muthien: “Justice and Compassion: South Africa’s Struggles Twenty Years into Democracy”

On Sunday February 23rd from 4-6pm at 612 Ocean Street, the Resource Center for Nonviolence (RCNV) and Feminists Working On Real Democracy (FWORD) would like to invite you a brief presentation, Q and A, and focused conversation with Bernedette Muthien.  Bernedette Muthien is an indigenous black South African feminist and a noted scholar, activist and poet. A former political prisoner of the apartheid regime as a young activist, she serves as a consultant and board member for a number of academic, development, and women’s organizations in South Africa and internationally.  Currently she is the director of Engender, a South African NGO working on the intersecting areas of gender/sexuality, human and civil rights, justice, and conflict.

For more information on Engender, please see their website:
Hope to see you there!
Biography:

Bernedette Muthien, B.A., S.Soc.Sci. Hons, M.A., is a poet, scholar and activist who co-founded and directs an NGO, Engender, which works in the intersectional areas of genders & sexualities, human rights, justice & peace. Over 18 years she produced more than 160 publications and presentations on 6 continents. Amongst others, she co-convenes the Global Political Economy Commission of the International Peace Research Association, and serves on various international advisory boards, including the international journal Human Security Studies. Bernedette was the first Fullbright-Amy Biehl fellow at Stanford University, and holds postgraduate degrees from the Universities of Cape Town and Stellenbosch in South Africa. Her current research centers on how social and gender egalitarianism are coterminous with nonviolence, as well as showing that nonviolent and egalitarian societies have existed throughout time and presently continue to exist. Her first solo collection of poetry – Ova – was published during early 2012.

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