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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14
MAR

Mboni Mohamed Mhita – Member of Parliament Tanzania - Handeni Vijijini Constituency

This week on Womanity – Women in Unity, Dr. Amaleya Goneos-Malka talks to Mboni Mohamed Mhita – Member of Parliament Tanzania for the Handeni Vijijini Constituency, who has a special interest on youth. We acknowledge that Africa has a burgeoning youth population who experience different challenges to their counterparts in other continents. Education is a priority to upskill and empower, but current education systems are flawed with respect to preparing students for a world of self-employment. We address some of the programs that Tanzania has in place with respect to girls to promote their education, providing access to schools as well as sanitary protection during menstruation. We raise the point of creating space for women and carving out a common agenda to elect more women into positions of leadership. Tune in for more…
07
MAR

Jessye Lapenn - Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S. Mission

This week on Womanity – Women in Unity, Dr. Amaleya Goneos-Malka talks to Jessye Lapenn - Chargé d’Affaires at the United States of America Mission about a few aspects in her portfolio in relation to women development. We discuss some of the key youth outreach projects that focus on leadership development, and emphasis that young people want to be included in policy discussions that impact them to derive suitable solutions. We mention the United States’ recent pledge of R16bn to help control HIV/AIDS epidemic in South Africa, noting that every week 1200 girls are infected by this disease. We talk about trade opportunities, like AGOA (Africa Growth Opportunity Act) for female entrepreneurs in Africa to take advantage of. Tune in for more…
28
FEB

Claire Johnston - Lead Singer of Mango Groove

This week on Womanity – Women in Unity, Dr. Amaleya Goneos-Malka talks to Claire Johnston lead singer of iconic South African music group Mango Groove. We reflect on the band’s longevity, as an 11 member multi-ethnic group, which came together under the Apartheid regime and is now celebrating the 30th anniversary of their debut album. We discuss some of the inequalities that women still have to overcome, such as pay disparity to issues of poor self esteem. We comment on social movements like “MeToo” as activism aimed at putting an end to disparaging and abusive behaviour that undermines women and their talent. Tune in for more…
21
FEB

CEO eDeaf: Nazereen Captieux-Bhana

This week on Womanity – Women in Unity, Dr. Amaleya Goneos-Malka talks to Nazereen Captieux-Bhana the CEO of eDeaf (www.edeaf.co.za), an organisation that she founded in 2007 which focuses on training and empowering the Deaf for job placements in industry. We talk about her career journey as well as the barriers and challenges she has experienced as a deaf woman. Nazereen provides insight into the Deaf community such as establishing identity and belonging. This segment of the population is underserved across the spectrum, from inadequate media options to underqualified interpreters to poor access to services to the need to increase the availability of specialised quality education. Nazereen emphasises that deaf people are capable of doing anything, but attitudes of both hearing and deaf people need to shift to open thinking and recognise opportunities. Tune in for more…
14
FEB

Dr. Alicia Girón - National Autonomous University of Mexico

This week on Womanity – Women in Unity, Dr. Amaleya Goneos-Malka talks to Dr. Alicia Girón the Coordinator of the University Program for Asian and African Studies from the National Autonomous University of Mexico. We talk about women and financialisation, encompassing aspects of empowerment, entrepreneurship and access to finance. We discuss components of the micro-finance value chain loop including institutional investors that lend and profit from this service. Dr Girón also talks about feminist economics, the care economy and the role of public policy and the State in terms of support structures to enable women’s economic participation and financial independence. Tune in for more…
07
FEB

World Boxing Federation Champion – Noni Tenge

This week on Womanity – Women in Unity, Dr. Amaleya Goneos-Malka talks to Noni “She Bee Stingin” Tenge who is a five time World Champion boxer. Noni was part of a group of five women that pioneered female boxing in South Africa, whose activism succeeded to change the Boxing Act and permit women to box in this country. She shares some of the highlights in her career as well as the challenges she faced in her decision to pursue a male dominated sport. We speak about sport as a tool to develop values of discipline, focus and commitment, particularly in the youth. Noni is passionate about developing women in sport and fighting against women abuse throughout the continent. Tune in for more…
31
JAN

World Boxing Federation Champion - Bukiwe Nonina

This week on Womanity – Women in Unity, Dr. Amaleya Goneos-Malka talks to Bukiwe “the Anaconda” Nonina who is the current World Boxing Federation Champion of the Bantamweight division and also holds the title of best female boxer in South Africa. Bukiwe shares her passion for boxing and her exceptional family support system whose collective team spirit helps to realise her goals. She remarks on how she turns failure into success by consciously analysing mistakes to overcome weaknesses. Women’s boxing is a growing sport that needs to be developed. Beyond the intensive physical training, boxing teaches discipline, endurance, confidence and self-esteem. In closing Bukiwe urges women to focus, to never choose a career over education and to respect themselves. Tune in for more…
24
JAN

Buhlebendalo Mda vocalist of award-winning South African a capella music group The Soil

This week on Womanity – Women in Unity, Dr. Amaleya Goneos-Malka talks to Buhlebendalo Mda vocalist of award-winning South African a capella music group The Soil. Buhle cites the soundtrack of township life in Soweto - from mums and neighbours gossiping in kitchens, to commuters trundling in taxis and trains, to uncles clinking glasses in bars - as sounds that informed The Soil’s unique a capella genre labelled Kasi Soul. We discuss the role of musicians beyond entertainment to one of influence that voices social issues and public truths; a power which should be exercised responsibly. In addition to her music, Buhle has a social initiative called Soil Sista Projects which looks to fill the emotional void that many high school children experience as a result of their parents and teachers neglecting their needs. In closing Buhle reminds women to be true themselves, believe in themselves and support each other. Tune in for more…
17
JAN

Professor Dee Smythe - Professor of Public Law & Deputy Dean for Research in the Law Faculty at the University of CT

This week on Womanity – Women in Unity, Dr. Amaleya Goneos-Malka talks to Professor Dee Smythe, a Professor of Public Law and Deputy Dean for Research in the Law Faculty at the University of Cape Town about her work in the gender space. We speak about findings from her book, titled “Rape Unresolved”, which considers view points of both women activitists and police regarding high attrition of rape cases in South Africa and some of the reasoning for low conviction rates of this crime. In terms of women in leadership Prof Smythe highlights mentorship as a pivotal mechanism to transfer both tacit and explicit knowledge to aid learning curves, as well as strong networks that simultaneously challenge and provide support. Tune in for more…
10
JAN

Chairperson Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises: Lungi Mnganga-Gcabashe

This week on Womanity – Women in Unity, Dr. Amaleya Goneos-Malka talks to Parliamentarian and Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises Ms Lungi Mnganga-Gcabashe about some of the responsibilities in this role. She highlights a few core infrastructure projects that the energy and rail freight sectors are undertaking to increase capacity and unlock economic benefits. Ms Mnganga-Gcabashe outlines some of South Africa’s female friendly policies in relation to empowerment and equality and the necessity of implementing these policies to overcome gender disparity. She also draws attention to the importance of formal and informal education as tools to empower women to help them overcome socio-cultural challenges. Tune in for more…
03
JAN

Musician and humanitarian Yvonne Chaka Chaka

This episode of Womanity is dedicated to the memory of Mr Lungi Daweti, Channel Africa’s programme manager, who was at the inception of Womanity; his spirit will forever live on in this show. So in his honour this is the first interview he co-ordinated for Womanity, with renowned musician and humanitarian Yvonne Chaka Chaka. We discuss some of her career highlights and the contributions of music and musicians in social causes, such as campaigning for freedom and equality, whether in the course of South Africa’s own liberation struggle or other global issues. We address aspects of her humanitarian work, as a Goodwill Ambassador for Malaria in Africa, and the effects of sustainable initiatives designed to empower disenfranchised women on the continent. We raise the topic of knowledge and education as critical elements towards women’s development, emphasising lifelong learning, and much more…
27
DEC
2018

Former President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf & former President of Mauritius Dr. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim

Today’s broadcast of Womanity-Women in Unity closes out 2018, and we use this episode to celebreate African female leadership with special compilations that include extracts from conversations with two former African female presidents. Dr. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim who was the sixth president and the first female president of the Republic of Mauritius and President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the former President of Liberia who served as the country’s 24th president and first elected female head of state. They share some of their accomplishments in office and aspirations for the future of women leadership in Africa. Tune in for more.

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