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Book cover of Love and Courage: A Story of Insubordination, book by Pregs Govender, international feminst

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Book cover of Love and Courage: A Story of Insubordination, book by Pregs Govender, international feminst

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 "Pregs Govender’s autobiography is an inspiring and a cautionary narrative about the courage needed to retain ethical and political vision in struggles for individual and social freedom and against all injustice and authoritarianism... Govender’s prose is evocative and often almost lyrical. The narrative voice...makes this work highly inspiring and optimistic."

Desiree Lewis


Ahmed Kathrada    Agnes Khoo-Dzisi    Keorepetse Kgositsile    Desiree Lewis    Graça Machel    Frank Meintjies    Koketso Moetsi    Siphokazi Mthathi    Kumi Naidoo    Gloria Steinem

Executive Director: Oxfam SA, Formerly: Treatment Action Campaign (TAC)

“There are very few people who are able to speak of themselves and their lives – the things both mundane and profound, about who they are, with this degree of humility and love.


The deep analysis and careful thought about how best to speak the hard truths are an important part of Pregs’s offering. But the most priceless gift to the world is the gift of love, honesty and humility.”

"Bra Willie"

1938 - 2018
South African National Poet Laureate

“Pregs Govender’s Love and Courage is, without any doubt in my mind, one of the best books I have ever read. In her admirably lucid prose, her creativity, love and courage emerge and merge to connect her and the reader interested in what it means to be alive.


In the process of taking the reader to where and how she has been, she illustrates with clarity how the personal is unarguably political. Read this book to understand why I place it in the ranks of Neruda's memoirs.”

Anti-Colonial Academic & Author: Life as the River Flows

"Your words and commitments as expressed in your book move me tremendously. I instinctively know that your story will resonate with many people in Asia.


Your perspective is sorely needed for stronger Asia-Africa solidarity that is based on mutual respect and understanding, openness and honesty, rather than on utilitarian economic exchanges or trade relations only."

Founding Execeutive

Director: Amandla Mobi

"Pregs Govender helps the reader relate to what are often very abstract issues and concepts.


Almost a decade after it was published, Pregs' memoir remains relevant as we continue to face the challenge of working and living in a compromised system – but trying not be compromised ourselves."


"Love and Courage exemplifies a better way to write about ideological issues (such as socialism, feminism and political economy) for the wider public. By telling a story, and discussing values, principles and vision as they are deployed in events and real-life situations, we give life to concepts and big ideas."

Frank Meintjies

"This is the summer of things we can touch...a summer of women in high places making meaning" 

- Makhosazana Xaba at the launch of Love and Courage

The late Ahmed Kathrada addressing the book-launch.When Pregs resigned as an MP, Kathrada wrote, "Please continue to make us walk tall by your courage and devotion"

“A searingly honest memoir by an insubordinate woman who refuses to be silenced – an inspiration to insubordinate sisters everywhere.”

- Elinor Sisulu, Author of Walter and Albertina Sisulu: In our Lifetime

Keorapetse Kgositsile, 'Bra Willie' reading at the book launch, "This way I salute you"

Rajasvini 'Vini' and Pamela sharing Love and Courage, A Story of Insubordination with 

movements at AWID, Brazil.

Vini reading from Love and Courage, AWID, Brazil

Rethabile Gamede alone with Love and Courage

and with the Emthonjeni Book Club with Love and Courage

The cover of Voice, Power & Soul: Portraits of African Feminists attending the African Feminist Forum (AFF)

AFF launch of Love, Courage and Insubordination

African Feminist Forum, Ghana

 Pregs after workshop on love, courage and insubordination with a new generation of women leaders from across the continent at UCT’s Mandela School

 Pregs inciting love, courage & insubordination at UCT's Transformation Month.

Pregs on a retreat of love, courage and insubordination with Ayanda Mvimbi, Dawn Cavanagh, Siphokazi Mthathi and Rukia Cornelius.