Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Dr. Mamphela Ramphele

The Awesome Woman of the day for Wednesday, September 12, 2012, is Dr. Mamphela Ramphele, South African Human Rights Activist, anthropologist, medical doctor, author, and the lover of Steven Biko, who died 35 years ago today, after being tortured and interrogated by police.

An excellent biography of Dr. Ramphele can be found here

I struggle a bit with her belief in empowerment through capitalism and especially with her activities with the World Bank. It rings all kinds of victim-blaming and Stockholm Syndrome bells for me. On the other hand, I think she is unquestionably a person of good faith and good intention who has accomplished a staggering amount. She is extraordinary. And awesome.

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