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Fearless Fighter: The Life of Vera Chirwa

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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 an ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published November 15th 2007 by Zed Books (first published 2007)
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“Maybe I looked like a girl, but I was a 27-year-old mother of three, and I spoke my mind. I think that must have shaken them a bit: an African woman who could understand things, talk sense and find words and reasons for the resentment she felt when confronted by injustice.”- Vera Chirwa, Fearless Fighter

Reading this autobiography was part of my personal reading project to study areas of history which have been looked at mostly from a male perspective and have not acknowledged the role of women
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Vera Mlangazua Chirwa was born in Malawi (then Nyasaland) in 1932. Unusually for a girl in Africa at the time, her parents allowed her to be sent to school in Livingstonia and Blantyre. Shortly after leaving school she met Orton Chirwa, a teacher and political campaigner. They married in 1951. Vera continued her education, training to become Malawi's first female lawyer, whilst looking after the c ...more
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