I reflect on some comedy where you unashamedly ‘go to town’ literally poking fun at the disability sector and its limitations with particular reference to our sexuality. That your audience took no notice of your blatant insult to the disability community and instead exploded in roars of laughter exposes stereotypes that are permanently visited on people with disabilities, some of whom are mothers, fathers, husbands, wives, brothers, sisters, cousins, nephews and nieces, etc. of able-bodied persons. Question is: how did we get to this point?
The South African Albinism Society (SAAS) has applauded government for supporting people living with albinism.
As the world observe International Albinism Day on 13 June 2014, it is worth noting that albinism is more common in Africa than the rest of the world, with one in four-thousand people born with the condition.
In Tanzania it's a condition where many sufferers are forced into hiding for fear of their lives as their body parts are reportedly sought for use in potions sold to bring wealth and good luck.
Mail & Guardian’s headline for Gerry Elsdon’s suspension reads: ‘The South African Red Cross's governing board has suspended former beauty queen and TV personality Gerry Elsdon with immediate effect’. Elsdon is not simply a pretty face but the chief executive officer of Cinnamon Communication as well as the tuberculosis goodwill Ambassador for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, among other things. However, the Mail & Guardian even though the article is about her suspension, fails to focus on her achievements and contributions.
Gender Links has lashed out at President Jacob Zuma for saying it is not good for women to be single, the Mail&Guardian website reported on Wednesday.
Gender Links CEO, Colleen Lowe Morna, points out that, "It's unfortunate that these comments get made during women's month."
Speaking about his daughter, Duduzile’s marriage on SABC3’s People of the South, Zuma was quoted as saying that:
It is Women's Month in South Africa, that time of the year when we celebrate women and recommit to empowering them as our progressive constitution stipulates. The theme for 2012 is ‘Addressing Unemployment, Poverty and Inequality: Together Contributing Towards the Progressive Future for Women’.
As I sit and reflect on this important month, what South Africans will be doing every day to the end of the month, and what inequality means to me, I pondered about my own daily routine.
In the not-too-distant past, women were refused the right to education let alone to work. That notion has thankfully changed, and more and more women are steadily empowering themselves and becoming leaders in the corporate world. However, in some societies regardless of the era we live in, there are still debates about what women can and cannot do.
August women’s month has come and gone, yet many thoughts continue to reel through my mind. This is a dedicated time devoted to celebrating women in South Africa and our milestone achievements. As always, the month indeed proved to be the busiest time for me, working within the women rights sector.
When Dr. Telle Whitney, CEO and President of the Anita Borg Institute, was asked on Fox Business News’ Varney & Company to share why she believes the world needs more women in the field of technology, she said that more women in tech will both create diversity and drive innovation.