The life story of Navi Pillay, a trailblazer in Human Rights Law. Pillay was born in 1941 to an Indian family living in apartheid South Africa. In 1967, she was the first non-white woman in South Africa to set up a law practice which she used to defend many anti-apartheid activists and, in 1973, was able to obtain legal representation for the inmates of Robben Island. In 1995, Mandela nominated Pillay as the first non-white female judge in the High Court. In 2008, she was appointed UN High Commissioner for human rights.
Sam Naidu was born in Durban, South Africa. Currently, she is a Research Associate with the Department of English, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa, and lectures part-time at Brunel University, UK. A former Commonwealth and Melon Scholar, her research interests are postcolonial feminist aesthetics and literature of migration and diaspora. She holds a Bachelor of Journalism, BA (Hons), MA and a PhD and has published extensively in her field.