gender equality

New UN Body for Women’s Rights

After three years of extensive consultations, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly adopted a resolution that takes the next step in the process that seeks to establish a new UN entity focused on the rights of women.

Four United Nations agencies and offices will be amalgamated to create a new single entity within the organisation to promote the rights and well-being of women worldwide and to work towards gender equality.

Malema Back in Court

African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) president, Julius Malema, says he was not giving a ‘general lecture’ on rape victims when he made a controversial comment about a rape accuser.

Speaking during his appearance at the Equality Court in Johannesburg, Malema pointed out that, “It was not a general lecture on rape victims. It was a specific response to a specific case.”

Minister Writes to UN Over Semenya

The government has written to the United Nations (UN) to investigate whether athlete Caster Semenya has been treated in line with its protocols on gender and equality.

The letter, by Noluthando Mayende-Sibiya, Minister for Women, Children and People with Disabilities, to the UN's Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW), argues that there has been a blatant disregard for Semenya's human dignity.

The Equality Courts as a Tool for Gender Transformation

In March 2009, Sonke Gender Justice Network filed a complaint at the Equality court in Johannesburg against the ANC Youth League Leader, Julius Malema. The complaint was lodged in response to remarks he made to university students concerning Jacob Zuma’s rape accuser claiming that she likely enjoyed herself during the incident. Sonke’s Equality Court case alleges hate speech, unfair discrimination and harassment of women, and is only the second high profile gender equality case to be taken to the Equality Courts since their inception in 2003 (1).

Special Assignment Broadcast: Gender Agenda

Special Assignment Broadcast: 08 September 2009 – ‘Gender Agenda’

It’s been 13 years since the national women’s movement lobbied for one of the most progressive efforts to entrench gender equality in all spheres of South African society.

In line with the spirit of our constitution of respecting and protecting human rights, as well as international human rights conventions, the government established the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE)

Hate Speech: Malema Refuses to Apologise

The African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) president, Julius Malema, says he will not apologise for telling students at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology earlier this year that president Jacob Zuma’s accuser ‘had a nice time’.

Malema has been taken to the Equality Court by Sonke Gender Justice Network, which complained that his utterances amounted to hate speech.

He described Sonke Gender Justice Network as reactionary forces took the ANCYL to court to ridicule it.

AfriForum Takes ASA to IAAF Over Semenya

AfriForum, as civil rights NGO, has laid a complaint with the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) against Athletics South Africa (ASA) and its president, Leonard Chuene, and members of the South African Government because of their actions regarding the Caster Semenya-saga.

The organisation has also requested the IAAF to take action against those who are responsible for the disclosure of information regarding the controversy about her gender, which caused the violation of the privacy of Semenya.

Have You Seen Her

Have you seen her
(or something thereabout)
says a deep voice
on my morning radio

Have you seen her
or was it did you see her
all the same really
from the deep voice

Have you seen her
the new Ms Universe
from out Venezuela way
and our Ms South Africa

Have you seen her
Im sure I hear
the smacking of lips
even a soft wolf whistle
from the early morn presenter

Have you seen her
no talk of whether they
(post-Saartjie Baartman)
are really real women

Shes A Strong Girl

Shes a strong girl
says a woman, visibly,
interviewed on TV

Shes a strong girl
perhaps unwittingly
said patronizingly
like the colonials did

Shes a strong girl
our Caster Semenya
800m winner in Berlin
muscling in her best time

Shes a strong girl
post-Saartjie Baartman
post-apartheids pencil test
and virginity testing too

Shes a strong girl
like all girl-children
out here Africa-way
expected to wear pink

NGO Welcomes Ginwala’s View on Women Ministry

Gender activists have welcomed former National Assembly speaker, Frene Ginwala’s comments that the establishment of a women’s ministry effectively disguised continued male domination in South Africa.

Delivering the Ruth First Lecture this week, Ginwala argued that the newly-established ministry, which also incorporated protection of children and the disabled, disguise patriarchy and the oppression of women.


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