Weekly feminist round up – 16 April 2018


Kabelo Chabala writes that Mama Winnie was the epitome of a black African feminist here

What trigger warnings are and are not here

Molly Ringwald reflects on the Breakfast Club here

Does ‘Nice for What’ mark a new era for Drake? Find out here

Our Bodies, Ourselves is shelved, so what now? asks Jessica Valenti here

Junot Diaz writes about childhood trauma, the silence, and its impact on The New Yorker here

Tim Winton writes how toxic masculinity is shackling men to misogyny here

Jen Thorpe, editor of Feminism Is, unpacks what it means to be feminist here

Jobs and Opportunities

Global Alliance for Green and Gender Action (GAGGA) is looking for a consultant to conduct a mid-term review here

Mama Cash is looking for a short-term consultant here

Submit your essay for the Bodley Head prize here

Mothers to Mothers is looking for a research and strategic information manager here


Come to the 5th Feminism Is book launch this Thursday in Cape Town. Details below

Feminism Is Cavendish Invite

Feel free to mail us with your opportunities, articles, events, ideas, books etc via


LRC: Researcher – Gender Equality and Non-Discrimination

The Legal Resources Centre (LRC) is an independent, client-based, nonprofit public interest law clinic, which uses law as an instrument of justice. It works for the development of a fully democratic society based on the principle of substantive equality, by providing free legal services for the vulnerable and marginalised, including the poor, homeless, and landless people and communities of South Africa who suffer discrimination by reason of race, class, gender, disability or by reason of social, economic and historical circumstances.

LRC seeks to appoint a Researcher in Gender Equality and Non-Discrimination at the Con­sti­tu­tional Lit­i­ga­tion Unit, based in Cape Town.

This is a six-month contract position.


  • Sup­port­ing the Gen­der Equal­ity and Non-Discrimination focus area lit­i­ga­tion;
  • research and advo­cacy pro­grammes;
  • Research­ing and draft­ing mem­o­ran­dums and opin­ions on the law Advo­cacy and net­work­ing.


  • Relevant legal ter­tiary qual­i­fi­ca­tion (LLB);
  • Flu­ency in Eng­lish;
  • Excel­lent writ­ing, research and com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills;
  • Abil­ity to work well under pres­sure, inde­pen­dently and with oth­ers;
  • Abil­ity to net­work with part­ner organ­i­sa­tions and donors;
  • Com­mit­ment to strength­en­ing pub­lic inter­est legal prac­tice A com­mit­ment to devel­op­ment and team work.


  • Minimum of two years expe­ri­ence in a legal envi­ron­ment;
  • Human rights/social jus­tice back­ground;
  • Admis­sion as a prac­tis­ing attor­ney to the Law Soci­ety would be advan­ta­geous;
  • Valid driver’s licence.

The LRC is com­mit­ted to trans­for­ma­tion; appli­ca­tions from pre­vi­ously dis­ad­van­taged can­di­dates are there­fore strongly encour­aged.

To apply, submit a CV, contact details of two referees, copies of qual­i­fi­ca­tions and motivation letter to

Only short­listed can­di­dates will be con­tacted. If you have not been con­tacted by 12 Sep­tem­ber 2014, con­sider your appli­ca­tion unsuc­cess­ful.

Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application – NGO Pulse Portal.

For more about the Legal Resources Centre, refer to

For other vacancies in the NGO sector, refer to


Vacancy – Knowledge building strategist: Gender at Work

Gender at Work is looking for a Knowledge Building Strategist to catalyze and coordinate knowledge building and knowledge outreach across our change interventions and network.

Deadline:           June 16, 2014

Location:           Any where in the world

Organization:     Gender at Work

Background: Gender at Work is a transnational network of individuals and organizations located at the intersection of theory and practice which works to end discrimination against women and advance cultures of equality.  We mobilize top-notch thinkers, analysts, and activists to build cutting-edge knowledge and change interventions and unleash individual and collective capacities for gender justice that are unique, grounded and politically conscious. We work to build a field of thinking and practice by taking these innovations to an ever-widening community of individuals, organizations, movements and teaching institutions committed to this goal.

We are looking for a person to catalyze and coordinate knowledge building and knowledge outreach across our change interventions and network. The Knowledge Building Strategist will have the following roles and responsibilities: 

  • In consultation with G@W’s ED, Associates, Board and staff, develop a clear, useful and innovative knowledge building strategy for G@W which involves both knowledge creation and aggregation of innovations across the field
  • Identify cutting edge issues and strategies across G@W programs and products and advise and support Associates and network members to capture learning on critical pathways of change, successes and challenges in line with the knowledge strategy.
  • In consultation with the ED, assist with the development of funding proposals to pursue the knowledge strategy.
  • Working with the Communications Strategist, design and facilitate learning and knowledge building and sharing activities across the G@W network.
  • Design processes for storytelling and case studies (video, audio, written) for publication and dissemination through on-line media.
  • In consultation with the ED and Director of Operations assist in donor reporting on learning from G@W programs and initiatives
  • Develop and test with Associates and network members, meaningful measures of progress on G@W’s strategic learning objectives.
  • In coordination with G@W’s Communications Strategist, identify, develop and facilitate on-line learning and sharing opportunities (such as webinars, on-line discussions etc. across programs, regions and the network as a whole).
  • Develop and implement a G@W on-line publication series
  • Identify opportunities for new program initiatives to advance theory-practice in line with our strategic goals and organizational growth.

This would be a half-time position based anywhere in the world.  Travel is required. 

Required skills:

  • Extensive knowledge and experience in the theory and practice of gender equality and institutional change, feminism and women’s rights, sustainable development, organizational development and learning, systems, power analysis and innovations in measuring social change.
  • Proven ability to work in a flexible environment with high-level thinkers.
  • A systems-thinker with proven ability to design and implement knowledge building strategies across diverse initiatives and communities globally.
  • Proven ability to capture complex ideas, draw comparisons, generate knowledge and communicate key learnings to diverse audiences.
  • Excellent writing skills, and proven proposal writing skills, in particular.  Fluent in English and preferably one other language.
  • Experience in working across countries and regions to build learning networks
  • Creative strategist and self-starter.

Interested applicants should send their CV and a writing sample to Tania Principe, Director of Operations at Gender at Work, by June 16th 2014. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.


Job opportunity: Director: Women’s Legal Centre

The Women’s Legal Centre is an independently funded law centre, based in Cape Town, which conducts public interest litigation and advocates for the advancement of women’s human rights.

The WLC seeks to appoint a Director, based in Cape Town.

The successful candidate will be required to manage the WLC to ensure that it achieves its objectives.


  • Provide strategic leadership to ensure financial, social and human capital sustainability;
  • Implement strategic goals and objectives of the organisation;
  • Overall responsibility for and active management of the staff and services of the WLC;
  • Ensure effective administration and financial sustainability;
  •  Fundraising, managing donor relations and administration;
  • Active management of the profile of WLC and liaison with key stakeholders within the public, private and voluntary sector;
  • Ensure good corporate governance and compliance with legislative regulations as required within the NGO, donor and state funded sectors.


  • Qualified attorney, registered with the relevant professional body, with litigation experience (preferably constitutional / public interest litigation) and 10 years’ experience in practice;
  • Three to five years senior management experience, including human resources and performance management;
  • Experience in fundraising or the ability to raise funds;
  • An understanding of South Africa’s human rights and legal; social, political and economic context, preferably a knowledge of legislation related to women’s issues;
  • Communication skills with written and verbal fluency in English and Afrikaans or African Language;
  • Driver’s licence and access to own vehicle.

Remuneration will be commensurate with experience.

To apply, submit a comprehensive CV and motivational letter to Women’s Legal Centre P O Box 5356 Cape Town 8000, Email: or fax to 021-424 5206

The Women’s Legal Centre conducts all appointment processes in terms of its Employment Equity Policy.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

For more about The Women’s Legal Centre, refer to

Advert first appeared on NGOpulse.


The Women’s Legal Centre seeks Senior Attorney based in Johannesburg

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The Women’s Legal Centre is an independently funded law centre, based in Cape Town, which conducts public interest and constitutional gender litigation.

The Centre seeks to fill the position of: Senior Attorney (Based in Johannesburg). This post requires an attorney or advocate with excellent litigation skills who seeks to litigate and conduct advocacy in the Sex Work Project.  The incumbent will also undertake some management and fundraising tasks.


  • Admitted attorney with 3 years litigation experience including experience in high court litigation.
  • Experience in gender constitutional or public interest litigation will be an advantage.
  • Be committed to addressing inequality and injustice and to protecting and furthering women’s rights.
  • Have superb interpersonal skills; be collaborative in nature, and an excellent networker.
  • Have excellent writing, research and legal drafting skills.
  • Have a strong commitment to high quality client service.
  • Have experience in project management and project leadership.
  • Be willing to travel throughout South Africa.
  • Understands the constraints of working for a non-profit organisation, and can be resourceful within these constraints.

The incumbent will provide legal advice to clients and partners, working under the supervision of the Cape Town office, identify and refer test cases and conduct training, research and advocacy work.

Salary commensurate with experience.

Closing date:  7 February 2014. 

To apply please send a cover letter and comprehensive CV to:

The Director

Women’s Legal Centre

P O Box 5356





Fax to: 021 424 5206