By Jen Thorpe The speech is done. The State has announced its priorities for this year. Women were not highlighted as a core group, other than to be mentioned as victims of crime, and the occasional few mentioned as entrepreneurs. Before I get to the 'what now', I’d like to begin with a story. I hope you’ll … Continue reading Female State of the Nation Part 5: What do we do now? Women and Civic Participation
By Jen Thorpe Read Part 1 'Where are We', Part 2 'Women and the Economy', Part 3: 'Energy and the Environment' As South Africans it seems that it is impossible to go a day without seeing a news headline of a violent attack in some form. Between 2006 and 2013, more than one million crimes … Continue reading Female State of the Nation: Part 4: Crime and Human Rights
By Jen Thorpe Read Part 1 – ‘Where are we’ here, and Part 2 ‘Women and the economy’ here It seems important that I’m sitting in my living room in the dark during load-shedding trying to finish this portion of the SONA analysis on the environment and energy. It couldn’t be much clearer to me that the … Continue reading Female State of the Nation: Part 3: Energy and the Environment
By Jen Thorpe Read Part 1 here. State of the Nation Speeches often begin with a discussion of the economic situation. So that is where Part 2 of this series will enter the discussion. Women make up the majority of the unemployed across all age categories, but particularly amongst the youth. What is interesting about … Continue reading Female State of the Nation Part 2: The Economy and Women
By Jen Thorpe This State of the Nation is one that asks you, for a few moments, to consider to some information about the majority of South Africans. Some information about the biggest population group that is not a racial or religious group. This State of the Nation asks ‘what is the problem’ and ‘what … Continue reading Female State of the Nation: Part 1: Where are we?