Stay Woke With Sibs – The Gender Pay Gap here
The Conversation via the BBC here
Spider Road Press seeks flash fiction featuring a complex, female-identifying protagonist by writers of all genders for its annual contest here
Nominate your favourite feminist for the Mail and Guardian 200 Young South Africans here
Is it possible to be Muslim and a feminist? Zakiyah Ebrahim explores here
Motherhood be damned here
Anja Venter explores feminist dating here
Adichie’s Remark Stirs a Debate on the Definition of Equality and Feminism here
Iconic South African women who fought for your freedom here
Feminism Is launch at the Centre for Law and Society at UCT on 3 May – details here
Passing of an icon
- Winnie Madikizela Mandela, struggle icon, passes away at 81. Read Sisonke Msimang’s piece on reimagining Winnie here
- Listen to Eusebius McKaiser’s review of the Life and Times of Mama Winnie here
- Listen to Gugu Mhlungu discuss the impact of patriarchy on Winnie’s chance to be Deputy President here
Podcasts to check out
- An activist filmmaker tackling patriarchy in Pakistan via the New Yorker here
- Meg Wolitzer’s ‘The Female Persuasion’ Rides the Feminist Waves via the New Yorker here
- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Reni Eddo-Lodge in Discussion at the Southbank Centre here
- Feminism Is: South Africans Speak Their Truth – Get it at Exclusive Books, The Book Lounge, or online here
- A list of the top 10 feminist non-fiction books to read this year here
- 24 amazing new feminist books coming in 2018 here
- Apply for a Young Feminist Media Fellowship here
- AWID is looking for a Resource Mobilisation Manager here
- Haji Mohamed Dawjee launches her book ‘Sorry, Not Sorry’ at the Book Lounge on Monday 9 April. RSVP here and at Love Books in Joburg on 11 April here
- Feminism Is launches at Cavendish Exclusive Books on the 19th April at 6pm.
- Make a one-off or regular donation to Rape Crisis here
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President Cyril Ramaphosa
The Presidency of South Africa
BY EMAIL: email@example.com
AND TO: Acting Spokesperson Tyrone Seale
BY EMAIL: Tyrone.Seale@presidency.gov.za
2 March 2018
RE: RESPONSE TO THE APPOINTMENT OF MINISTER BATHABILE DLAMINI AS MINISTER FOR WOMEN IN THE PRESIDENCY
Firstly, we congratulate you on your appointment as the President of the ANC and President of the Republic of South Africa. We have noted with much interest the presentation of your State of the Nation Address and welcome the commitment you made to address corruption, in particular, for taking seriously the former Public Protector’s State Capture report, including considering engaging civil society through coordinated seminars and meetings.
The Shukumisa Coalition, the Human Rights Institute of South Africa (HURISA), the Rape Survivors’ Justice Campaign (RSJC) and the Tshwaranang Legal Advocacy Centre (TLAC) are institutions that work hard to ensure that social justice and human rights are a reality for all people in South Africa. In particular, we work to ensure that women’s right to live free from violence, particularly sexual violence, is enjoyed by all people living in South Africa.
We hereby express our disappointment and concern at your appointment of Mrs Bathabile Dlamini as the Minster for Women in the Presidency.
Minister Dlamini is currently fighting a constitutional court order that seeks to hold her personally liable for costs related to the failure of the South African Social Service Agency (SASSA) to deliver social grants using a corruption free payment process. Since women are the main recipients of social grants in order to care for their children, as a result of this failure the poorest and most vulnerable are at risk. Her refusal to accept advice or obey court orders against the Department of Social Development show a lack of accountability that we believe she would take with into her new appointment. For this reason we believe that her appointment shows that you do not place value on holding your cabinet ministers accountable for their poor performance and that you do not value the role of women in society.
The Department of Women has a very important role to play in the Integrated Programme of Action to Address Violence Against Women and it is evident from her track record at the Department of Social Development that Minister Dlamini’s performance was not sufficient to ensure that this Action Plan was in fact implemented within the proposed time frame. She also did not consult with civil society. We believe that Mrs Dlamini’s appointment as Minister for Women in the Presidency will undo all the efforts made to address gender stereotypes and gender based violence, and that our government will not take sexual offences seriously going forward. This is despite you, Mr President, stating that violence against women is an epidemic.
We believe that the person mandated with leading the Department of Women needs to be an exemplary and visionary leader, and a gender rights activist who is open to working collaboratively and hearing the voices of many different stakeholders. She must stand firm in being accountable to those she claims to represent. The Minister for Women must have a solid grounding in issues pertaining to violence against women and must conduct herself in a manner that does not rationalise or exacerbate violence against women. There is no room for error in this regard.
In light of the above serious concern that the Presidency is very aware of we request that you reappoint a capable and qualified Minister to take the responsibilities of this office seriously in the best interest of the women, children and vulnerable groups as you commit to rebuilding the country and restoring the human dignity of people, which we believe you are capable of doing.
We look forward to your favourable response. In addition, we will also avail ourselves should you require more clarity or further details concerning issues we raised in this letter.
The Shukumisa Coalition
The Human Rights Institute of South Africa (HURISA)
The Rape Survivors’ Justice Campaign (RSJC)
The Tshwaranang Legal Advocacy Centre (TLAC)
To get in touch with us, please contact the Shukumisa Coordinator, Aniela Batschari:
Tel. 021-447 1467
Cell. 082-546 4261