By Jen Thorpe Today I learnt that the South African Law Reform Commissions (SALRC) is going to publish its report regarding sex work. Late last year, the SALRC and the Deputy Minister of Justice presented in Parliament, after several consecutive Women's Parliament reports have demanded the decriminalisation of sex work. This report released today is a … Continue reading Bad law is dangerous, not sex work
By Jen Thorpe Yesterday I noticed a call from Parliament's website to comment on the Feasibility of Establishing a Single Human Rights Body. The call notes that in 2006, Parliament appointed an Ad Hoc Committee to undertake a Review of Chapter Nine and Associated Institutions. One of the key recommendations of the Ad Hoc Committee … Continue reading Combine the Chapter 9s? How about some time?
Though women have often been granted legislative rights, it is clear that men who hold tightly to power in Africa. Yet, power is more complex than one over the other, and in our lived experiences we are able to engage with ideas of what it means to be powerful, who has the power, and what … Continue reading Power
By Rebecca Hodes, Marion Stevens, and Jen Thorpe Marion: The State of the Nation speech happened last week and despite a number of health challenges continuing to face South Africans, far less was said about this than would have been the ideal. In fact, more was said about the Rhino protection programme. Within health the broad … Continue reading Female State of the Nation: The health issues we should be concerned about
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