Naomi Tutu will speak at the Inspiration Conference on March 18 at Harrah’s Resort Southern California. Denise Visconti of Women’s Week Partner Littler Mendelson, shares this spotlight:
Apartheid caused many of us around the world to march and protest and boycott in an effort to bring it to an end. To Nontombi Naomi Tutu, who grew up in South Africa, apartheid was the political system into which she was born, and which shaped her journey to become who she is today.
As the daughter of South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who garnered world attention for his anti-apartheid stance in the 1980s, Naomi constantly has to answer the question of who she is.
I am someone who knows that she has lived a very rich life. I am a person who has lived in a situation of terrible oppression and through that has been taught how much we all lose when a person or a group is diminished or oppressed. I am a woman who has been impacted by a huge range of people, starting with my grandmothers and my parents, then people in the struggle against apartheid like Emma Mashinini, Winnie Mandela, Malusi Mpumlwana, Tom Manthata, Trevor Huddleston, and many others.
I am a woman who is completely passionate about freedom and democracy, about the rights of all people to be safe, fed, educated, and free. I am a mother of three who dreams of a world in which my children can live fully their dreams and their gifts. I am someone who loves to speak and inspire others and also loves to be in the quiet place of my room, my own little sanctuary. I guess I am like most people, a mixture of strengths and weaknesses, dreams and fears, positives and negatives.
We are honored to welcome Naomi Tutu to San Diego Women’s Week.
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