Image linked to donate page Image linked to Countering the Militarisation of Youth website (external link) Image linked to webshop

Benutzeranmeldung

Interface language

Diaspora link
Facebook link link
Twitter link
 

Black Sash leader Sheena Duncan dies

Sheena Duncan - for many years the president of the Black Sash, a nonviolent women's organisation in South Africa - has died at the age of 78.

Sheena is honoured in the first sentence of WRI's recent published anthology Women Conscientious Objectors:

"When apartheid South Africa made it illegal to advocate conscientious objection, it was a woman - Sheena Duncan, president of the Black Sash - who saw the opportunity: that it remained legal to campaign against conscription and that such a campaign would have the potential to open a new front in the struggle for a non-racist South Africa ... In 1983 Black Sash's annual assembly called for a campaign against conscription, thereby triggering the foundation in 1984 of the End Conscription Campaign."

Sheena was someone really in touch with her own power - her mind, her wit, her commitment and her generosity of spirit. She played a vital in putting international groups, such as WRI, in contact with counterparts in South Africa and finding channels for us to express solidarity with the struggle against apartheid.