30_Women’s Jail / 2005 (C/D)
Constitution Hill, Johannesburg

The Women's Jail at Constitution Hill is the first museum in the country that is devoted to telling the story of the prison experiences of women during the colonial and apartheid era. The notorious jail housed struggle icons, criminals as well as thousands of ordinary women, arrested simply because of the colour of their skin. Through the stories of ex-prisoners and warders, the exhibition explores the resistance of resilience of women and the role that women played in the struggle for freedom and democracy in this country. The exhibition prompts questions about present-day issues, particularly concerning gender in South Africa, so that the past becomes a powerful tool for interpreting the present landscape as well as the future.