Fearless Fighter: The Life of Vera Chirwa

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Zed Books, Dec 15, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 208 pages
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Vera Chirwa's story is one of betrayal, imprisonment, torture and exile.  Yet it is also a story of hope, inspiration and extraordinary bravery.  Born under British colonial rule, even as a child she was aware of the injustice meted out to her as an African and a girl.  While struggling for her education, she met and fell in love with Orton Chirwa, a charismatic teacher and activist.  From then on their fates became intertwined with the politics of their country after independence.  As a campaigner, politician, lawyer, wife and mother, Chirwa has left an indelible mark on Malawian politics.  Her life embodies African struggles against colonialism and corruption.  In Fearless Fighter Chirwa talks about her past with immense courage and humour.  This powerful and moving book celebrates her achievements and calls for greater awareness of the risks faced by human rights campaigners everywhere

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About the author (2007)

Vera Mlangazua Chirwa was born in Malawi (then Nyasaland) in 1932, became Malawi’s first female lawyer, was a founding member of the Malawi Congress Party in 1959, and led the League of Malawi Women.  After Malawi’s independence in 1961, Orton Chirwa, Vera’s husband was a senior figure in the new government.  However, factions emerged around the president and the Chirwas suffered years of exile and detention without trial.  Following her release from prison in 1991, as a result of major international campaigns, she became a leading voice campaigning for human rights and civil society in Africa. 

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