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Jessie Duarte

Comrade Jessie Yasmine Duarte was born on the 19th of September in 1953, she is one of nine siblings. She grew up and went to school in Coronationville, she graduated in matric at the Coronationville Secondary School. She became actively involved in politics at a very early age and over the years she developed a reputation as an activist and an advocate for equality.

She was recruited by Mme Albertina Sisulu in 1979 to establish women's structures throughout the country, and by 1981 the ANCWL had nine (9) functioning women's structures in the Eastern Cape, Western Cape Transvaal and others. She was also serving at that time as the provincial secretary of the Federation of Transvaal Women (FEDSAW), which was a UDF Affiliate.

Comrade Jessie Duarte started her professional career as a Management Accountant at Anglo American Properties Limited, and later Raven Press. She was with the latter when she was served with a restriction order. During this period, she worked with Be...

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