Glenda Wildschut

Glenda Wildschut

Our host, Jenni Prisk, interviews Glenda Wildschut, a human rights activist and former commissioner for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa.

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Biography of Glenda Wildschut

Glenda Wildschut of South Africa is a prominent human rights activist and authority on reconciliation who was appointed by Nelson Mandela to serve as a commissioner on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. She established a pioneering trauma center for survivors of violence and torture and currently directs Transformation Services at the University of Cape Town, which addresses discrimination, harassment, HIV/AIDS and disabilities.

Excerpt from Interview
“We have come from an odious past – 300 years of colonialism and 50 years of apartheid. On 9th August 1956, three women organized a march to the Union Building in CapeTown. More than 30 thousand women converged on the building to demand an end to pass laws, this is symbolic of the important leadership role that women play in our struggles..”

The interview takes place at the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies (IPJ) at the University of San Diego while Glenda was in residence as a Women PeaceMaker in the Institute for Peace and Justice (IPJ).


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More About The IPJ Women PeaceMakers Program
Since 2003, the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice (IPJ) at the University of San Diego has welcomed four women peacemakers each year from around the world.

The women reside at the University of San Diego Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies for two months and share their stories which are documented by four Peace Writers. While the women are in residence, “they have opportunities to exchange ideas and approaches to peacemaking and justice, which helps increase their capacity to participate in conflict resolution and peace building efforts.”