Category: Gender

Nun abuse by priests hidden for years

The stories spill out in the sitting rooms of Catholic convents, where portraits of Jesus keep watch and fans spin quietly overhead. They spill out in church meeting halls bathed in fluorescent lights, and over cups of cheap instant coffee in convent kitchens. Always, the stories come haltingly, quietly. Sometimes, the nuns speak at little more than a whisper.

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…