This year's Rennert Forum celebrates the life and work of Helen Suzman, the iconic South African leader who devoted her life to the fight against apartheid. The opening event, which coincides with the opening of an exhibition entitled "Helen Suzman: Fighter for Human Rights," in the Diana Center, will feature world-renowned human rights activists Helen Lieberman, Virginia Magwaza-Setshedi and Nobel Peace Laureate Jody Williams. Professor Yvette Christiansë will moderate and provide introductory remarks.
Helen Suzman was a member of the South African Parliament for 36 years, from 1953-1989. She was the sole opposition voice condemning apartheid during the 13-year period (1961-1974) when she was the governing body's only member of the Progressive Party. The exhibition explores nearly four decades of Suzman's life and vision through photographs, personal letters quotations from speeches and news articles.
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