Similar to the nun’s laundries in Ireland, where ‘fallen women’ were housed, put to work in the laundries and their babies given up for adoption, this story shows just what acts can be justified simply because of the patriarchal restrictions society can place on women. It’s not restricted to religious culture, third world countries or the past. Slut-shaming is full steam on social media today – alive, kicking and international.
According to the WHO, about 40 percent of the world’s population will be without access to basic sanitation by 2015 if current trends continue. Less than half of Cameroon’s population has access to improved sanitation facilities, according to UNICEF statistics. Comfort Mussa discusses some of the implications of this for women’s rights.
Women24, South Africa’s biggest female focused website, is inviting women across the country to participate in their latest Female Nation Survey.
The Women’s Legal Centre, People Opposing Women’s Abuse, the Teddy Bear Clinic for abused children, the Tshwaranang Legal Advocacy Centre Continue reading
In Umbilo Park a number of young women and school girls have been mugged, attacked and raped in the past year. When Nicole Graham asked for increased security, she was told that there was insufficient funding available. There is now a million rand available for a beauty pageant. She comments.
UNISA is offering a course on Afrikan feminism and gender studies through the Thabo Mbeki leadership institute. Register now!
As many of you will be aware, last week the Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on “protection of the family”. Throughout the negotiations, Egypt and the other lead sponsors persistently rejected proposals to recognise the simple reality that various forms of the family exist.
Street harassment is your name, my gentleman. And I’ve no respect for you, just anger. Anger that kills my freedom. Freedom that waited at the end of a long walk. Don’t ruin it with just a small jump.
Should FeministsSA continue to allow male contributors? What are the benefits? What are the downsides? Jen Thorpe raises a few questions and wants your feedback.
Domestic violence is the most common form of violence experienced by South African women, yet the State is withdrawing financial support for organisations supporting women. What happens to those who can’t access those services? Jen Thorpe explores the issue.
Tam Sutherns asks an important question – is our desire to protect our own safety by building up high walls around our homes actually putting our communities in danger. The piece considers the Johannesburg House of Horrors and asks you – do you know your neighbours?
Daniel Sincuba explores the idea of using billboards as social norms changers, and argues that we need much more than that.
The Black Sash is an independent, non-governmental Human Rights organisation that has worked tirelessly for justice and equality in South Africa for more than 59 years. Since the end of Apartheid in 1994, the Black Sash has focussed on the promotion and protection of our hard-won freedoms, particularly in the areas of social and economic rights. Currently an exciting and challenging vacancy exists in the organisation for the position of National Programmes Manager, based in Cape Town.
The 2nd MenEngage Global Symposium- Men and Boys for Gender Justice will be held in New Delhi, India from 10th- 13th November 2014. We are pleased to announce that the deadline for submission of abstracts has been extended to 15 June 2014.
The Gender Justice Uncovered Awards were created by the international organization Women’s Link Worldwide because in all countries, regardless of their political system or religious beliefs and traditions, what judges and courts say have a tremendous influence on the sense of justice and in the day to day lives of people.
The Shukumisa campaign writes to Parliament to request that they continue to conduct oversight and provide opportunities for public participation on women’s issues.
The teachers and principal at Jordao College have broken the law and committed the crime of ‘compelled self-sexual assault’ on the learners whose underwear they inspected. It is now the time for the MEC to hold them accountable, not to request an ‘apology’.
Ever been called bossy? Here’s why you should be thrilled.
Claire Martens explores some of the effects of living in a violent patriarchal world in the after math of the Elliot Rodger shooting, and in light of the #yesallwomen campaign.
When we talk about rape, we often lose sight of the survivor/victim. Masutane Modjaji explores a South African example looking at how we make excuses, place the blame, and sometimes emphasise our freedom of speech over the personal experience of a rape survivor.