Launch: Polygamy “I” stories

Date: January 28, 2011
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Heading into the polls, the polygamous lifestyle of Jacob Zuma, leader of the African National Congress (ANC), became a hotly debated topic of discussion, especially amongst gender and women’s rights activists. Media focused on such logistical matters as security costs and which wife would accompany the new President during official functions. Traditionalists argued cultural choice, while gender activists questioned polygamy’s place in a constitutional democracy.

Amongst all the debate, the voices and the views of those most “in the know,” the women and men living in polygamous relationships were virtually non-existent. Recognising the importance of these missing voices, Gender Links embarked on this “I” Stories project, to collect personal accounts of women, men and children from polygamous unions. To read more, click here.


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