South Africans have an alarming tendency to condone and deny wrongdoings that are antithetical to the values and principles of our Constitutional democracy. Our reluctance to acknowledge fault is remarkable. This national quirk rears its ugly head every time some sort of disturbing incident breaks. The controversial polygamous marriage television show Mnakwethu is an exemplary of how […]
I wanted to wish you a Happy Women’s Day yesterday, but I choked
Namhla Mniki,  Mar 9 2020
I wanted to wish you a #HappyInternationalWomensDay yesterday, but I choked. I remembered just a couple of weeks ago when I took out my pepper spray and gave it to my niece who lives with me. I thought I would have to sit her down and explain to her why she needs it and how […]
Women’s representation on corporate boards need to improve drastically
Professor Anita Bosch  Mar 6 2020
In the run-up to International Women’s Day (8 March) it’s important to note that while half of the South African population and 45% of the employed workforce are female, only 20% of directors of JSE-listed companies are women. Corporate boards are failing to take advantage of the value of female business leaders’ diverse perspectives and networks, despite […]
South African edu-tech trailblazer Phemelo Segoe shares her insights
admin  Aug 10 2020
This Women’s Month we speak to digital education pioneer, Phemelo Segoe, the operations manager of Tuta-Me, who is helping to enable thousands of high school learners across South Africa to practice maths and science online from their mobile device. What excites you most about the work you do within the edu-tech space? The real impact. […]
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’, […]