It must take a certain level of cruelty to evict people from their shelters on a cold Cape winter’s morning. Surely, even Lady Justice, blind as she may be, would advocate some show of mercy. The cruel City of Cape Town decided on a wet June winter’s morning to evict and destroy the shelters of […]
Beijing’s economic recovery – a lesson for all the world in Covid 101
Muhammad Khalid Sayed  Jun 12 2020
This week it instructed its state-owned companies to refrain from purchasing soybeans and pork products from US suppliers. This was in retaliation for the Donald Trump-led administration saying it would revoke special privileges for Hong Kong after the Chinese introduced a new security law for the autonomous region. This tit-for-tat exemplifies how far China has […]
Institutionalised racism and classism in the United States
Farouk Araie  Jun 11 2020
The world has witnessed the evil of institutionalised racism and classism in the United States, in the aftermath of the brutal death of George Floyd. Systemic racism continues to cause incalculable harm across the world. It was Dr Martin Luther King Jr who said, ”In a real sense, we are all caught in an inescapable […]
Can men be allies in the struggle to end gender violence?
Bernedette Muthien  Aug 9 2020
Like some people’s Facebook relationship status, the question of men as allies to women’s liberation is complicated. All identities are artificial, social constructs. And serve particular interests, notably maintaining physical, structural and/or cultural domination of the privileged over the dominated. Identities are formed and maintained in the mind, in the consciousness, and it is there […]
What are we really celebrating this Women’s Day?
Nombulelo Shange  Aug 9 2020
When capitalism is in crisis, it turns on women, people of colour, LGBTI++ groups and other minority groups. We have seen this throughout history. When World War I and II ended globally, economies were in tatters and capitalism had to repress women to regain its edge. Men returned home to find women doing ‘men’s work’, […]
A vaccine for our GBV pandemic
Prof Francis Petersen  Aug 6 2020
This Women’s Month, the focus regrettably but rightfully falls on gender-based violence during lockdown. But unlike Covid-19, the GBV pandemic already has an effective treatment against it. And our schools and institutions of higher learning have a vital role to play in administering it. “A war being waged against the women and children of our […]