It has been encouraging to witness the revolutionary changes taking place at UCT over the past few years: the fall of the Cecil John Rhodes statue, the return of Mahmoud Mamdani, the renaming of buildings, the dialogues around sexual violence, artworks and curriculum change, and the many less visible day-to-day shifts in attitudes, practices, and policy-making.
Near a sprawling swamp in the suburbs of Kisubi, 400 meters off the Entebbe-Kampala road towards Nakawuka road is where 99-year-old Florence Alice Lubenga is taking refuge. Lubenga, who will turn 100 years on November 5, was the first female legislator in the country.
The literary world was again thrown into mourning following the news of the death of one of Nigeria's renowned literary figures and authors of the world acclaimed novel, Second Class Citizen, Florence Onyebuchi "Buchi" Emecheta.
Women have a lot of interesting stories. So many cool, sad, sexy, funny and strange stories. Stories that inspire and stories that make you shake your head and roll your eyes. Stories that turn you on or make you want to turn away.
In the final episode of The Academic Citizen for 2016, Dr Mary Hames joins us to discuss issues of gender and sexuality within spaces of higher learning. Heteronormativity and patriarchy are still dominant within South African society, which makes it important to analyse how our universities respond to questions of sexuality and the rights of queer community members.
From wigs and weaves to skin-bleaching to the clothes that we use to cover or reveal our bodies, fashion and beauty are complex structural considerations for women in Africa, and at the same time immensely personal.
One line of critique against the discourse and movement known as “Fallism” that is gaining increasing currency in South African public and academic discourse is, put simply, the contention that the student activists are insufficiently literate in the radical social theories they purport to represent
Many have in the past tried to piece together the life of President Jacob Zuma's rape accuser, Fezekile Ntsukela Kuzwayo, but it was at her funeral service on Saturday that her family would reveal the real woman they knew.
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Earlier this month, on a Nigerian feminist’s Twitter feed, I spotted men earnestly arguing the case for child brides. In 2016. On International Women’s Day. And once again, a question that’s been haunting me for decades started running like ticker tape across my mind: Why do men hate women so much?