If political parties and the executive aren’t fulfilling the constitutional mandate to promote gender equality, who is responsible for checking on them? The answer to that is Parliament.
Editor note: The link to the petition has been edited, and should work now —MEDIA RELEASE—- Patriarchy revisited: Alarming anti-feminist rhetoric Continue reading
Calling all radicals,activists, irreverents and academics to honour the 20th anniversary of the passing of Audre Lorde; a black lesbian, feminist, poet, mother, activist, lover and survivor who pioneered fighting societal oppression on every front.
The fact that there is no coherent, inter-departmental strategy on the part of the state to deal with rape is one of the main reasons why we see no real improvement in addressing the issue of rape. Joy Watson discusses some of the statistics and strategies to date, and suggests that we need new ones.
By Jen Thorpe Cape Town swimming coach Tim Osrin was arrested last week when he allegedly beat up a middle-aged Continue reading
Activists and advocates and human rights defenders working on sexuality and gender and on human rights and social justice in Africa are asked to take note of the proceedings at the Human Rights Council [Geneva] this week and engage! SIGN ON NOW!!
Gabriella Razzano explores how and where women are using ICTs, and what this could mean for the way we address their needs in the future.
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.