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Vera Chirwa

Vera Mlangazua Chirwa was born in Malawi (then Nyasaland) in 1932, became Malawi’s first female lawyer, was a founding member of the Malawi Congress Party in 1959, and led the League of Malawi Women.  After Malawi’s independence in 1961, Orton Chirwa, Vera’s husband was a senior figure in the new government.  However, factions emerged around the president and the Chirwas suffered years of exile and detention without trial.  Following her release from prison in 1991, as a result of major international campaigns, she became a leading voice campaigning for human rights and civil society in Africa. 


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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...
Vera Chirwa

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