n Journal for Contemporary History - Die betrokkenheid van vroue in 'n era van oorlog

Volume 31, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0258-2422
  • E-ISSN: 2415-0509



Many women in the Republic of South Africa and in South-West Africa (SWA, now Namibia) were in some way touched by the conflict in the north of SWA and in Angola. They were either members of the permanent force or mothers, wives or beloved ones of members of the permanent force, the civil force or commandos. Thousands of women gave their support to the soldiers as individual volunteers or by joining organisations such as the Defence Force Women's Society. All of them formed a network of support which was invaluable to the fighting men and the South African Defence Force. In order to reflect something of the women's experiences during the war, a large part of the article is based on interviews.

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