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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17
MAY

Head of the School of Therapeutic Sciences at WITS University: Professor Judith Bruce

This week we talk to Professor Judith Bruce who is the Head of the School of Therapeutic Sciences at WITS University about some of the complexities of managing the many different disciplines clustered under the School of Therapeutic Sciences in such a way they maintain their individual identities. We discuss literacy as a vital tool in people’s lives for earning potential and highlight the importance of a conducive environment for girls to excel in their learning paths. Prof. Bruce remarks on the influence that female leaders have on the career aspirations of women, but the number of women in leadership roles is far below critical mass. The intersection of patriarchy, poverty, gender are often impediments to women rising into leadership roles. However, today’s female leaders cannot passively wait for things to change, they have to develop self-reliance and agency to make things happen for themselves and in the process take other women forward with them. Tune in for more….
11
MAY

Director Laser Research Centre University of Johannesburg: Professor Heidi Abrahamse

This week we talk to Professor Heidi Abrahamse who is the Director of the Laser Research Centre, Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Johannesburg and holds the DST/NRF SARChI Chair for Laser Applications in Health. Professor Abrahamse is leading efforts to investigate the field of phototherapy with specific emphasis on Low Intensity Laser Irradiation (LILI) or Photobiomodulation (PBM), Photodynamic Therapy (PDT), Phyto-Photodynamic Therapy (P-PDT) and Stem Cell Therapy. We discuss some of the applications of laser therapy to treat cancer tumours, pain relief and wound healing (particularly in diabetes) and its growing role in clinical practice. We reflect on the positive outcome that transformation efforts have had on the opportunity space for women, allowing them to develop and achieve on an equal footing to men across the spectrum. We note the importance of mentors and role models to aid the development of women in their career paths. Tune in for more….
03
MAY

Ambassador of Senegal: Safiatou Ndiaye

This week we talk to Ms Safiatou Ndiaye, the Ambassador of Senegal to South Africa and 10 other countries in southern Africa about women in politics. We discuss some of the traits women need to develop, such as resilience, courage, strength of character and self-confidence, to endure the challenges of politics. We acknowledge that gender power dynamic discrepancies still prevail within political parties, which can sometimes make it difficult for people to accept female leaders. We remark on the ability of politics to effect positive change, noting for example in Senegal that now: gender parity has been attained in parliament; women and men pay the same tax rates; and women have the right to pass their nationality on to their children. We reflect on the roles of female leaders and the need to continue their legacy into the future to keep striving for the betterment of society.
26
APR

Head of Clinical Medicine at WITS University: Prof. Daynia Ballot

This week we talk to Professor Daynia Ballot who is the Head of Clinical Medicine at Wits University; this school hosts nine major departments (Family medicine, Paediatrics, Surgery, Internal medicine, Radiation sciences, Neurosciences, Anaesthesia, Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Psychiatry). Prof Ballot shares some of the responsibilities in this position, and few of her research interests, in particular studying babies born with very low birth rates (less than 1500g) and associated risk factors in order to develop interventions to help their survival. She remarks on the importance of caring mothers to support and nurture their infants during this period. In our discussion on gender equality Prof Ballot highlights the need to win hearts and minds to accelerate change and recognises the role that men play in this endeavour; she also suggests that work spaces could be more accommodating to women with children, for example by offering child care facilities. Tune in for more…
19
APR

Executive Dean Faculty of Education University of South Africa: Prof Veronica McKay

This week we talk to Professor Veronica McKay executive Dean of the Faculty of Education at the University of South Africa (UNISA). This institution is responsible for producing half of South Africa’s educators and over one-third of all tertiary graduates in the country. We discuss some of the educational initiatives that Prof. McKay has been involved in, such as the South African Literacy Campaign, Kha Ri Gude (meaning Let Us Learn), which targeted 4.7 million adults to become literate, and empowered them not only with knowledge but self-confidence, grit and resilience. We acknowledge humanity’s capacity to unlearn dogmas and re-evaluate the way that we think about issues. We consider how this ability has aided the progression of women’s rights in the workplace, highlighting the education sector by way of example. Tune in for more…
12
APR

Executive Dean Faculty of Education University of Johannesburg: Prof Sarah Gravett

This week we talk to Professor Sarah Gravett, the executive Dean of the Faculty of Education at the University of Johannesburg. We discuss some of the work that the university undertakes with respect to developing educators who are not only well-equipped to teach, but also possess a strong social responsibility to their wards. We address the need to improve perceptions of foundation level teachers who are instrumental in shaping young minds. We acknowledge that in the knowledge era, information is freely available and teachers are no longer the “sage on the stage”, they have to be enablers that show students how to use knowledge creatively and productively. We reflect on some of the prevailing gender gaps in society, such as pay imbalances and barriers to career advancement for women. We raise awareness of the fact that some women are still constrained by cultural expectations and ingrained patriarchy, which prevents them from embracing opportunities. We emphasise that successful women have a duty to empower other women and support them in pursuit of success. Tune in for more…
05
APR

Managing Director: Management Consulting Africa Accenture Dr. Roze Phillips

This week we talk to Dr Roze Philips, the Managing Director of Management Consulting Africa at Accenture. We discuss some aspects of her career and her drive to bring global capabilities into the continent with an emphasis to uplift and empower women into leadership positions. We consider the role of leadership and quotas as intervention mechanisms to drive equality across all levels of an organisation, with a long-term perspective on generating value to multiple stakeholders as opposed to a short-term focus on shareholders only. We remark on the responsibility that individuals who break through glass ceilings have to pull others up with them. We also highlight the importance of ordinary people taking actionable steps and making meaningful contributions to society. Tune in for more…
29
MAR

Minister for Development Cooperation of Denmark: Ulla Tørnæs

This week we talk to the Danish Minister for Development Cooperation - Ulla Tørnæs. We discuss some of the factors that motivated her career in politics and some memorable milestones. Minister Tørnæs notes that a key priority for her ministry is to express the voice of the millions of women and girls around the world who are either not able to express their voice, or enjoy equal rights and opportunities for equitable economic participation. We highlight aspects of the World Bank’s We-Fi initiative to facilitate access to capital for female entrepreneurs. We also discuss the SheDecides movement, which aims to mobilise a strong political voice for women to have access to family planning and contraception facilities, and have the ability to make their own decisions about their reproductive rights. Tune in for more…
22
MAR

Award winning actress Nondumiso Tembe – Part 2

This week we talk to multi-award winning actress, singer and songwriter Nondumiso Tembe. We discuss some of the forces that helped to shape her career in the performing arts, ranging from supportive parents, to developing self confidence, and a passion for emotive storytelling. We hear about some of the characters that she has played and her desire to tell stories about real, relatable, multi-dimensional, dynamic, complicated women; and her deliberate choice not to undertake work that perpetuates negative stereotypes – whether about women or Africans. We talk about the role of education to fine tune one’s craft and aspire for excellence. Tune in for more…
15
MAR

Former Minister of Netherlands: Lilianne Ploumen

This week we talk to Ms Lilianne Ploumen, a Dutch politician with the Labour Party, currently serving as a member of parliament in the Netherlands, she was the former Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation of Netherlands and is the founder of SheDecides. We discuss the role of education (formal and informal) and an appetite for continued learning as a ticket for a better future. We unpack the purpose and milestones of the SheDecides movement which in less than year has garnered support from more than 60 countries across the globe to amplify women’s voices. We also talk about the steps of putting in motion a bill to close the gender pay gap in the Netherlands, which makes employers responsible for paying equal salaries their employees for work of equal value, irrespective of gender. Tune in for more…
08
MAR

International Women’s Day 2018: Former Minister of Netherlands & Netherlands Ambassador to South Africa

This week in recognition of International Women’s Day, today, 8th March 2018, celebrated under the theme, “Press of Progress”, we reflect on some of the catalysts that have driven, and are driving women’s rights. In today’s panel we are joined by to Ms Lilianne Ploumen, a Dutch politician with the Labour Party, currently serving as a member of parliament in the Netherlands, she was the former Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation of Netherlands and is the founder of SheDecides; and Ms Marisa Gerards who is the Ambassador of the Netherlands to South Africa. We discuss some of the recent movements like SheDecides, HeforShe, MeToo, Not in my name, that focus on issues of inequality, power differentials, unequal pay, sexual harassment, gender based violence and improving solidarity amongst all to advance equality. Men and women live on the planet together, they should run it together. Tune in for more…
01
MAR

Award winning actress Nondumiso Tembe – Part 1

This week we talk to multi-award winning actress, singer and songwriter Nondumiso Tembe. We discuss some of the forces that helped to shape her career in the performing arts, ranging from supportive parents, to developing self confidence, and a passion for emotive storytelling. We hear about some of the characters that she has played and her desire to tell stories about real, relatable, multi-dimensional, dynamic, complicated women; and her deliberate choice not to undertake work that perpetuates negative stereotypes – whether about women or Africans. We talk about her recent role as Joyce in the revival of King Kong and reflect on re-enacting an important part of South African cultural history depicting lives and sentiment of the era. Tune in for more…

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