Discussion and Analysis

 

 
 

Abortion

Her Body, Her Life’: 150 years of Abortion in South Africa by Helen Bradford.
Part 1: ‘Swallowing Something’, c 1840 -1910
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 ‘Her Body, Her Life’: 150 years of Abortion in South Africa by Helen Bradford.
Part 2: ‘Penetrating her womb with this instrument’, c 1910 -1960.
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 ‘Her Body, Her Life’: 150 years of Abortion in South Africa by Helen Bradford.
Part 3: Birth Control in a Non Compliant Population, c 1960-1990.
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Education

Harassment of Girl Learners: Experiences of a Young Activist by Anele Maolombane
Maolombane looks at sexual harassment of girl learner in schools and how the practice can be stopped
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Skills for Learning: Women and Writing.
Khanya Journal Education Supplement, no 25, September 2010. Extracts from SACHED’s Learning Nation Series.
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The failure of School Governing Bodies to protect the girl learner by Maxwell Nqeno.
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Gender-based violence, education and armed conflict by Sarah Motha.
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We must survive the virus: sexism, youth and HIV/Aids by Linn Hjort
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Environment


Women and The Environment by Ontibile Moalusi
Moalusi discusses the neoliberal model, and some of its impact and challenges for women in this sector
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Family

The Changing Nature of the South African Family by Maria Van Driel
Van Driel discusses the changing family in SA and the need to consolidate some of these changes as part of the struggle for gender equity
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Feminism

The World Social Forum, FEMINISM and the Future of Global Activism by Carol Barton
Barton analyses feminist interventions at the WSF in Mumbai, and argues for the need to intersect feminist struggles and analyses with class and race politics
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Feminist Political Education As a Tool For Building Movements by Anna Davies – Van Es
Davies -Van Es discusses the need for feminist political education to build feminist movements of the working class against the dual challenges of capitalism and patriarchy
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Financialisation

Finacialisation and Gender by Molefe Pilane
Pilane considers the impact of financialisation and the global economic crisis on working class women and how they have responded.
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Gender

Gender and Women's Emancipation at SASF Malawi by Maria Van Driel
Van Driel reflects on the discussions and debates on gender and women's emancipation at SASF
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A Man’s Point of View by Jonathan Hellberg
Hellberg shares his thoughts on gender issues
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Gender Inequalities can and must be changed! By Ramjuttun Pranjeewan
Pranjeewan reminds us that we are social beings who can change gender relation
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Is this Man Not Enough? By Zanele Guqaza
Guqaza interviewed a man who works in a women's organisation to get his opinion on how it feels
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A Brief Historical Overview of Changing Gender Relations by Maria Van Driel
Van Driel discusses some of the changes that have taken place within human society over thousands of years
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HIV/Aids

Linking HIV/AIDS With Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights by Marion Stevens
In this Article Stevens critically discusses the predominance of funding for HIV/AIDS at the neglect of other important and related areas affecting women's health
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Land

Women must unite and work together for land rights by Mokesh Morar.
Morar reports on a gender and land workshop that was recently held in the Free State province.
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Neoliberalism and democracy
 
Overview of the Winter School on Women and Neoliberalism 2005 by Nerisha Baldevu
Baldevu gives an overview of the Winter School and its participants
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The Impact of Neoliberalism on Women by Linn Hjort
Hjort argues that to struggle against neoliberalism also means to struggle against the oppression of women
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Neoliberalism and The Struggle for Gender Equity by Maria Van Driel
Van Driel discusses capitalism and neoliberalism, its impact on women on women and the need to organise women.
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Women in South Africa Since 1994 by Duduzile Zamantungwa Mabaso
Mabaso argues that after ten years of democracy, women in South Africa still lead a life of poverty
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NEPAD, Women & Poverty by Wahu Kaara
Kaara argues that NEPAD is a market driven strategy to conquer the continent and will sacrifice the immediate intersts of African women for some uncertain end in the distant future
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Neoliberalism, Women and Democracy by Maria Van Driel
At the glance it would seem that southern Africa is a relatively democratic society. Civil wars have subsided and parliamentary democracy has been strengthened. However, the question arises that has the status and position of women in the sub-region improved
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Organising

Democracy is just a word when women are suffering! By Malaika Samora Mahlatsi.
Mahlatsi discusses the violence against women and the need for women to struggle collectively for their rights.
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Women’s rights and Organising by Maria van Driel
Van Driel argues for women to organise and campaign for the implementation and extension of their democratic rights, within the social movements and within society.
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We shall not be moved by Meme Mpuru
Mpuru reports on the Women’s Legal Rights and Organising Workshop.
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Palestine

The Time for Women's Demands is Never Now by Islah Jad
Jad discusses women in the context of the struggles in Palestine and argues that many different images of women co-exist in Palestine today.
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The impact of Israeli occupation on Palestinian Women by the Palestine Solidarity Committee
The Palestine Solidarity Committee gives a concrete account of the impact of the Occupation on Palestinian women’s lives.
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Patriarchy
 
Mapping Out Patterns of Patriarchy in Social Movements by Modiehi Khuele
Khuele looks at how patterns of patriarchy are being reproduced in the new social movements, and contributes to gender inequality in South Africa today
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Religion and women’s oppression
A Reflection on: Religion and the Oppression of Women by M.K Morar
Morar gives an historical overview of religion and the position of women. He argues that the people have a right to follow their own individual conscience, and that women must unite and lead the struggle for their own liberation, actively supported by their church.
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Reproductive rights in South Africa
 
Reproductive Rights Legislation by Judy Merkel
Merkel assesses the legislation on reproductive rights over the past years and its impact on South African Women
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Women and The 'Right to Choose' by Judy Merkel
Merkel argues that the 'right to choose' legislation has improved women's health but the struggle to deepen implementation remains.
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Twelve Years of Choice by Cathi Albertyn
In this article Albertyn argues that while women women won the right to choose whether to have children or not in law, this right still needs to be won in their communities in their homes
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Abortion Law Cuts Down Women's Death By 91 Percent by Masotho Gabriel
Gabriel argues that the amendments to the choice of termination of pregnancy act (2008), is an attempt to make important service more accessible to women. She calls on all South Africans to support the needs of other.
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Men and Reproductive Rights by Kathleen Nthabiseng Monareng
Monareng argues that reproductive health must include both men and women if these rights are going to be significantly achieved in our society.
 
Ms. X – A view from a Muslim Women by Sakina Mohammed
Mohammed interviews an anonymous muslim women on her view on abortion.
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Abortion Rights in South Africa! By Tichaona Chikowane
Chikowore argues that many women in Africa die of backstreet abortion because they do not have access to safe, legal and affordable abortion facilities.
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Conscientious Objection to Providing Abortion Services: Is It Right? By Noluthando Ntlokwana
Ntlokwane discusses the issue of conscientious objection in relation to the CTOP, and what it means in terms of the constitution and how it affects health workers.
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Sexuality
 
Gender and Sexuality by Melanie Knight
Knight Writes a provocative article about this little-talked about subject (Download pdf)
 
Building Solidarity with Lesbian and Gay People by Susan Holland-Muter
Holland Muter discusses the oppression that gas and lesbian experience, the need to build the Solidarity.
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The Rose has thorns by Donna Smith
Smith outlines the campaign currently underway to combat hate crimes against lesbian women.
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Sexual Harassment
 
Miniskirt march at Noord Taxi Rank – Stop harassing women!by Nthabiseng Monareng.
Monareng discusses the recent harassment of women at the Johannesburg Noord Taxi Rank and argues that men, especially taxi drivers, should stop venting their anger on women because gender equality and women’s rights are here to stay.
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Social Grants
 
The Social Grants and Black Women in South Africa by Maria van Driel
Van Driel argues that government’s neoliberal approach to social grants has seen an increase in poverty, with women suffering the most, in spite of increases in government spending on the grants in the past few years.
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Violence against women
 
Women opposed to militarism by Makoma Lekalakala.
Lekalakala calls on women and the working class to oppose war. (Download pdf)
 
Rape as a weapon of War by Guy Bailey.
Bailey argues that rape and sexual abuse are often used to break down activists, their families and their communities.
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Sexual Violence Against Women by Desiree Takalo
Takalo discusses sexual violence against women and argues for the need to change legislation in favour of women.
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Children Born of War In Uganda by Eunice Apio
Apio argues that the children born out of conflict and abduction by the Lord's Resistance Army in Northern Uganda, should be reintegrated, together with their mothers, into society.
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Women’s Health
 
Womens Health In South Africa: The Bigger Picture by Lesley Doyal and Margaret Hoffman
Doyal and Hoffman discusses womens health in South Africa in the context of continuing poverty and gender inequality
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Lesson From South Africa by Marion Stevens
Steven gives an overview of women's health in a democratic SA, the new legislation and the challenges, including the role of leadership and civil society.
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Women’s Oppression and struggles
 
The Time for Women's Demands is Never Now by Islah Jad
Jad discusses women in the context of the struggles in Palestine and argues that many different images of women co-exist in Palestine today.
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The Women’s struggle is not yet over by Christi van der Westhuizen
Van der Westhuizen gives an overview of women’s struggles in South Africa and argues that this struggle is far from over.
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Women and Work
 
The Endless challenges for Women Workers by Fazeela Fayers
Fayers calls on women to reflect on the sacrifices they make as volunteers in the health sector as this only reproduces government and private sector complacency.
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Marginalised Women Workers by Bongani Bunyonyo
Bunyonyo outlines the issues facing marginalised women workers and the possibilities for organising them.
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Arab Women March In Tel Aviv Demanding Work by The Workers Advice Centre
Advice Centre reports on Arab women's demand for work, to relieve their poverty and to empower themselves.
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World Social Forum
 
Gender and Women's Emancipation at SASF Malawi by Maria Van Driel
Van Driel reflects on the discussions and debates on gender and women's emancipation at SASF.
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Womens's Struggles and the WSF by Nancy Castro
Castro argues that the WSF perpetuates the ghettoising of women's issues, despite the best efforts of initiatives such as the feminist dialogue.
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