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Sisonke Msimang

Sisonke Msimang is a writer and activist who advocates for the better use of money and power in Africa. She is senior program director in charge of policy development, advocacy, and communications for Sonke Gender Institute. Prior to that, she was the southern Africa head of the Open Society Foundations, responsible for growing the portfolio of organizations working on democracy, governance, and extractive industries. She is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, a Yale World Fellow, and an Aspen New Voices Fellow. You can read her weekly columns at the Daily Maverick.


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Children ask questions that challenge the best of parents. They also expose the weaknesses of our responses. A set of reflections from a black South African mother and activist who is confronted by the truth of her daughter's words and embracing the "weirdness" of their "dark brown and peach" family.