Beyond Parity: Securing Women’s Rights to Land

First published on the Association For Rural Advancement (AFRA) website.  As International Women’s Day 2016 draws to a close, I find myself reflecting on the power of global solidarity, and the sense of instant connection and shared purpose that social media provides. There was an excited energy in the office as our team at the Association … More Beyond Parity: Securing Women’s Rights to Land

Ecotopian Equality

I’m only 34 pages into the novel ‘Ecotopia’, and I am already enraptured. I was quickly drawn in by the vision it offers of an ecologically balanced, while technologically advanced, society, and it offers many moments in which to pause and reflect on how we – I – choose to engage with the world. While … More Ecotopian Equality

Engendering the Discussion

  “Gender is not about women: it is about relationship and about power.” Prof. Sheila Meintjies, Wits University. It has been an intensive two days of presentations and deliberation at the National Gender Summit 2014 in Benoni, Johannesburg, which has brought together civil society, Government, the private sector, Section 9 institutions and UN Women to … More Engendering the Discussion

Still Lip Service?

In 2003, as part of my Honours degree in Gender Studies, I submitted a dissertation entitled, ‘Lip Service? Women and the Communal Land Rights Bill.’ Within this, I analysed the ways in which the proposed Communal Land Right’s Bill could affect women if it were to be implemented, and the limited degree to which is … More Still Lip Service?