Category: Gender

Funding women’s shelters

My family and I recently went through a gruelling experience of domestic violence perpetrated against a close relative. Unfortunately, because this was a family member who had been warned against what most of us characterised as ‘crazy love’ it was difficult to sympathise with her…

Ramaphosa’s Women’s Summit

Rape is the worst form of invasion ever to be inflicted on a woman. I cannot even begin or pretend to really fathom or be able to illustrate the horror of it all. But I am born of a woman, breastfed, and raised with hands…

Black women are always pushed to the margins

The making of South Africa is built on the backs of Black women using exploitative, racist, patriarchal and capitalist systems. These methods are institutionalised and Black women are always at the receiving end of their violence. To be Black and woman in South Africa is…

Remembering Albertina Sisulu

The life of struggle stalwart Albertina Sisulu by any measure was a remarkable one. She took the mantle of leadership to boldly fight against the apartheid regime and was unrelenting in her work to reverse the shackles of oppression on our society. In doing so…

The trial proceedings of Mr Tim Omotoso

Like many South Africans, I watched with horror, shame and disbelief last week the trial proceedings of Mr Tim Omotoso who has been charged with rape and human trafficking. Omotoso is a supposed pastor and as a religious leader and a Christian I feel scandalized…

A blow to the freedom of all American women

In defending the rule of law Aristotle argued that allowing a man to rule introduces an element of the beast.  The introduction of Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court via the Senate Justice Committee proved just that. Millions of viewers throughout the world watched…