Womanity - Women in Unity

CHANNEL AFRICA  |  Podcast , ±39 min episodes every 6 days  | 
"Womanity - Women in Unity" is a weekly programme produced by Dr Amaleya Goneos- Malka. The programme celebrates prominent and ordinary African women's achievements towards self-emancipation, human rights, and democracy. It also deals with social ills, such as, racism, socio-economic class division, and gender based violence.

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Prof. Nasima Carrim – University of Pretoria – Human Resource Department

This week on Womanity-Women in Unity, Dr. Amaleya Goneos-Malka talks to Prof. Nasima Carrim, from the Department of Human Resources at the University of Pretoria. Prof. Carrim’s research interests include diversity management; specifically topics related to culture, religion, gender in management, identity and intersectionality. We discuss some of her ethnic identity studies covering generational attitudes towards traditional and modern value systems and the impact on women’s professional career development. We reflect on her research into Indian female breadwinners and cultural power in their families. We unpack some of the factors that impede women’s ascent up the corporate ladder, such as underdeveloped networking skills. Tune in for more…

Head of Undergraduate Students - Department of Psychology at University of Witwatersrand - Dr Daleen Alexander

This week on Womanity-Women in Unity, Dr. Amaleya Goneos-Malka talks to Dr Daleen Alexander, who heads up undergraduate studies at the Department of Psychology, School of Human and Community Development, University of the Witwatersrand. Dr Alexander has a dual career as an academic and practitioner in psychology with specific interests on the impact of gender on people's career trajectories as well as career conflict experienced by women from diversity backgrounds. We unpack some of the psychological aspects that hinder women’s career progress, such as socialisation that perpetuates gender role stereotypes; real as well as perceived biases; and poor self-efficacy. We remark on the importance of developing self awareness, as well as drawing on internal motivation and external support to overcome challenges. Tune in for more…

Deputy Minister of Communication - Ms Pinky Kekana

This week on Womanity-Women In Unity, Dr. Amaleya Goneos-Malka talks to South Africa’s Deputy Minister of Communication Ms Pinky Kekana. We discuss the importance of ICT in South Africa’s future and the role of government to facilitate access to 21st century technology across society to optimise businesses, generate new employment opportunities, revolutionise content platforms, transform the communication space, and promote equitable participation in the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR). New technology will replace dated methods of working, which necessitates digital literacy, coding and e-learning programs for both young and old. The Deputy Minister shares some of the factors that have contributed to her development, from family support to a network of friends who mutually pushed one another to excel. Tune in for more…

Vice-President of the Pan African University & Dean Mamelodi Campus University of Pretoria - Professor Nthabiseng Audrey

This week we talk to the Vice-President of the Pan African University and Dean of the Mamelodi Campus University of Pretoria - Professor Nthabiseng Audrey Ogude. We discuss some of the intrinsics of the institution’s anchor strategy which inextricably links the future of the community of Mamelodi with that of the University’s Mamelodi campus. One arm of this strategy is to implement interventions that stem the cycle of poverty, for instance by focussing on education and broadening academic pathways for members of the community. Prof. Ogude describes the Pan African University as a human capital initiative with five regional specialised research nodes. Governance, Social Sciences and Humanities in Central Africa; Basic Sciences in East Africa; Life Sciences in West Africa; Water and Energy in North Africa; and shortly Space Sciences will be created in South Africa. We address some of the factors that contribute to women in leadership, including the need for people to recognise potential leaders and encourage their growth into leadership roles; the need for individuals to shadow leaders; the importance of exercising leadership effectively in whatever sphere one occupies; and to have a supportive environment particularly in the home. Tune in for more…

Deputy Minister of Transport - Lydia Sindisiwe Chikunga

This week we talk to the Deputy Minister of Transport - Lydia Sindisiwe Chikunga – who shares some of the factors that contributed to her pursuit of a career in politics, which ignited in childhood, stemmed from the recognition of deep social injustices and a need to fight the system which rendered the black population unable to fully access resources and participate meaningfully in the economy. The Deputy Minister relays some of her experiences as a young nursing student participating in ANC youth league structures to spread party communications to households, citing an occasion where their mission was to ensure that black students enrolled for matric subjects at higher grade not standard grade, in order for them to attain matric exemption and university admission. We also discuss the South African Network for Women in Transport which concerns breaking barriers for women to enter the transport sector and the myriad of career opportunities available in this field. Tune in for more…

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of Namibia - Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah

This week we talk to Ms Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah who is the Deputy Prime Minister of Namibia, as well as the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of Namibia, and Vice-President of Namibia’s ruling party SWAPO - who retraces some of the steps in her enduring political career. We discuss the liberation movement in Namibia and its strategic focus areas post independence, on education, health, housing and agriculture. The Deputy Prime Minister shares some of the inroads that Namibia has made regarding women’s rights and their empowerment, including the national gender policy, pay parity and holding leadership positions across the public and private spectrum. We remark on the need to change stereotypical attitudes about gender roles to alter perceptions of women’s capabilities. The Deputy Prime Minister reminds us that the future is female. Tune in for more…

Miss SA 2018 – Tamaryn Green

This week we talk to reigning Miss SA Tamaryn Green about the 2018 Miss SA pageant, which celebrated its Diamond Jubilee (60th anniversary) this year, and the responsibilities and privileges associated with being Miss SA. We discuss some of the women’s empowerment work Tamaryn is involved with, through her sponsors, like Cell C’s Take A Girl Child to Work programme, which has evolved from one day to a more enduring platform that offers information and guidance to young women to transition into capable empowered adults, and her own forthcoming initiative where she plans to combine health and education into a campaign. We talk about some of the factors that have contributed to her success, from support structures, to having a dream, to hard work and being personable. We consider some of the qualities that women bring to leadership including empathy and compassion. We remark on the gains that women have achieved - a win for one of us is a win for all of us. Tune in for more…

Award Winning Musician – Wanda Baloyi

This week we talk to award winning musician Wanda Baloyi. We discuss some of the landmarks in her career, which started osmotically when she accompanied her father to studio, but officially launched with her debut group Ghetto-Luv to her latest upcoming project that delves into her roots. We recognise the important role musicians play in society as influencers, sometimes positively, other times negatively, but maintain that the interpretation of the message rests in the ears of the listener. We note the imperfections and disparity that persist for women, emphasising the need for women to find social and economic independence in order to gain their voice. Wanda reflects on the instrumental role her mother has played and the values she instilled of hard work, independence and respect for the person next to you. Tune in for more…

Former President of Liberia – Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

This week we talk to the Former President of Liberia – Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. We discuss some of the qualitative achievements that her administration accomplished during her tenure, such as maintaining peace, giving women a voice, and hope to a nation that was in despair. In terms of women in leadership President Johnson Sirleaf remarks that women are always under the microscope, that most environments have been dominated by male leadership, yet women have demonstrated determination to lead in all levels of society: at home, in the church, in business, in politics etc… She further emphasises, that societies where women have been given the opportunity, are societies that succeed. We recap some of her contributions that led to her receiving the Nobel Peace Prize, in recognition of her years of work with women, such as her 50, 500, 5000 program: to construct or repair 50 schools, train 500 teachers, and award 5000 bursaries to school girls. We also discuss her agenda for the future, part of which includes establishing a centre for women who aspire to leadership and developing women in the economic sphere to move their business to scale through access to technology and finance. Tune in for more…

Ambassador of Tunisia – Narjes Dridi

This week we talk to the Ambassador of Tunisia to South Africa - Narjes Dridi. We discuss the challenges as well as achievements that Tunisian women have experienced in their journey to empowerment, tracing back to the first queen of Carthage (ancient Tunisia), circa 800BC. Ambassador Dridi emphasises the paradigm shift of 1956 which led to a modernisation of culture in Tunisia with the introduction of Acts for the emancipation and empowerment of women. This legislation gave women the right to divorce, to vote, to receive an education, to work, abolished polygamy, raised the legal age of marriage to 18 etc… As a result of this enabling legislation, today women in Tunisia account for 34% of parliament, 43% of judges, 40% of doctors and 50% of pharmacists. Importantly this type of legislation cannot be allowed to regress, and further progress must allow for the protection of the gains women have made and the advancements to come, for an empowered women is also an empowered man. Tune in for more…

Ambassador of Mexico – Ana Luisa Fajer

This week we talk to the Ambassador of Mexico to South Africa - Ana Luisa Fajer. We discuss some of the milestones in her three decade career as a diplomat with a special interest in Africa that began during her tertiary studies. We consider the impact that gender parity legislation in political parties had in Mexico’s 2018 general elections, after its introduction just four years earlier. We discuss women’s participation in the labour force, remarking on prevailing inequalities experienced by women, which impacts on their earnings, types of roles and advancing up their respective career ladders. We remark on the role of education as a tool of empowerment for women, not only in the formal sense but also informally on the home-front to readdress social and culture perspectives of women to advocate for gender equality. Tune in for more…

Professor Maryna Steyn – Head of School: Anatomical Sciences WITS University

This week we talk to Professor Maryna Steyn – Head of School: Anatomical Sciences Faculty of Health Sciences WITS University. We discuss her work in forensic anthropology, which primarily involves the analysis of human remains and identification of individuals. We reflect on some of her notable cases and the applications of technology to advance the discipline. For example, progression in craniofacial recognition techniques investigated the identity of Mbuyisa Makhubu vs Victor Vinnetou; developing criteria for ageing applications in living people to determine if they are over or under the age of 18, has had significant implications in the judicial system as well as migration and refugee status. We recall her studies of skeletal remains from Mapungubwe, a 1000 year-old archaeological site in Limpopo. We note the rising feminisation of the medical students and emphasise the importance of building a talent pipeline of women to feed into leadership posts. Tune in for more…

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