Freedom Park in Tshwane will be the centre of attention on 10 September as beloved city activist, Manibhen Sita, turns ninety years old. Sita, the daughter of Nana Sita, a contemporary of Mahatma Gandhi and herself a dedicated member of the United Democratic Front (UDF) during the anti-apartheid struggle, remains passionate about building bridges between South Africans of all races. Sita will be honoured at a public birthday celebration at Freedom Park hosted by the Laudium Women’s Network (LWN).
Alongside the birthday celebrations, the LWN will also launch a book featuring original writing and artwork by women of Tshwane, addressing critical questions of identity and race for South Africans of Indian origin in the post-apartheid era. The book will also showcase various talented dancers and musicians. Media spokesperson for the event, Zakia Mahomed, explains that the book is part of a longer term social cohesion project. “Indian women are traditionally seen as passive and silent. This book shatters those shallow stereotypes in a powerful way. I am I is the first step in a broader social cohesion project that will hopefully reach out to different communities across our city. It is also a social marker of the progress that women of Indian origin have made in the broader South African story and finally, it explores the lived experience of dual identities that were forced on us during apartheid and which still have social power today”.
I am I showcases the creative works of some thirty South African women of Indian origin across the age, religious and professional spectrum and will be on sale at Freedom Park on the day.
Manibhen Sita Birthday and I am I book launch
Laudium Women’s Network
10 September 2017