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
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
The National Gender Summit, convened by the South African Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) with the support of a number of partners from a variety of sectors, came to an end on Friday with a draft Programme of Action (the “Programme”), and a Declaration. The draft Programme was pulled together from the discussions and break-away … More Charting the Way Forward
“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
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?
I’ve always loved the feel of raindrops on my skin, and when my hair is a crazy tangle of wind-danced anarchy, I feel my spirits soar. Driving back to the office this afternoon following a series of meetings in Durban, a storm (which never quite fulfilled its dramatic promise) was brewing: delightful cross-winds gusted through … More Putting Gender Back On My Agenda
Following a week of interesting and stimulating discussion around gender discourses and feminism, a work colleague sent me the link to this excellent TED talk by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Whatever your views on feminism and gender, please do take the time to watch this! Gender construction is such a crucial part of our every-day lives, … More We Should All Be Feminists