Frauen Gegen Apartheid


Duration: 1977 - 1993
Location: Germany


In September 1977, Deborah Mabiletsa of the Black Women's Federation visited the Federal Republic of Germany and met with lay activist women in Evangelische Frauenarbeit in Deutschland (Evangelical Women's Federation [EFD]). In October 1977 the South African government banned the Black Women's Federation. Inspired by the visit, in November 1977 EFD launched a boycott campaign of South African fruit and Frauen gegen Apartheid (Women against Apartheid) was established. Despite opposition from the official church hierarchy, EFD/ Frauen gegen Apartheid continued various anti-apartheid campaigns for over 15 years. Activities included a boycott campaign against Krugerrand gold coin and campaigns against banks making loans to South Africa. For 15 years these women - and a handful of men as well- kept vigil every Thursday in front of the South African consulate.

Organizational Archive


Title: Frauen Gegen Apartheid (Women Against Apartheid)
Time Span: 1982 - 1993
Description: Papers, correspondence and campaign material of Frauen Gegen Apartheid (Women Against Apartheid). This collection may not be the official archives of the organization. All documents are in German unless otherwise stated. Documents, Press cuttings, correspondence - Frauen Gegen Apartheid Frankfurt. Letters by schoolchildren of a Frankfurt school to Molo Songololo, March 1982. Banken und Apartheid, Unser Geld in Südafrika, Marz 1985. Kauft keine Früchte aus Südafrika!, Baut nicht mit an der Apartheid, 3rd edition. Das Leiden beenden, Informationen und Aktionen zu Südafrika. Angelika Schmidt-Biesalski: Früchte aus Südafrika, Geschichte und Ergebnisse einer Frauenkampagne, 1993. Campaign material, stickers, leaflets, handouts, posters, buttons, matches, balloons, headband. Documents, Press cuttings, correspondence - Frauen Gegen Apartheid Bremen. Bettina von Clausewitz: Ein schwarzes Kind kommt zornig zur Welt, 1987. James Matthews - Gladys Thomas: Schrei deinen zorn hinaus, Kind der Freiheit, 1976. James Matthews: Flügel kann man stutzen, 1977. Thula Baba, 1989. Breyten Breytenbach: Kreuz des Südens, schwarzer Brand, 1977. Weltmission Heute: Zum Schweigen verurteilt In Südafrika gebannt, 1978.
Housed At: University of the Western Cape-Robben Island Mayibuye Archive
Location: UWC-Robben Island Mayibuye Archives, Level 1, UWC Main Library, Modderdam Road, Bellville, Cape Town, South Africa
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