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Cape Town launch: Get Up! Stand Up! by Mark Heywood

Mark Heywood plays a pivotal role in South African public life and in the movement for social justice.

He has spearheaded momentous victories for poor people, establishing the right to antiretroviral treatment and to textbooks in schools among others. Executive Director of SECTION27 and a key figure in #SaveSouthAfrica, #UniteAgainstCorruption and the Treatment Action Campaign, Heywood has inside experience of tough campaigns and what it takes to mobilise thousands to create change.

Get Up! Stand Up!
provides frank insights into how power and politics work as it calls on each of us to play our part. Urgent and inspirational, it is also a personal story about love, loss and safeguarding your soul. It is a book of justice and hope.

‘A remarkable memoir. Poetry, music and activism combine in a life that contains an astonishing range of insights and experiences … the pages throb with eloquent intensity.’- Stephen Lewis, former UN Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa

‘Courageous and steadfast, Mark Heywood has been at the vanguard of activism that led to critical changes in health, education and human rights in our country. He reminds us that we need not be famous, rich or powerful to make a difference. We just need to care.’ – Redi Tlhabi, author and radio personality

‘In recounting his journey, an impassioned, glorious journey, Mark Heywood reminds us that at the heart of the struggle for human rights is a struggle for love and belonging.’ – Sisonke Msimang, writer and social commentator

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