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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13
DEC

United Nations Deputy Secretary-General: Amina Mohammed

This week on Womanity – Women in Unity, Dr. Amaleya Goneos-Malka talks to the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Amina Mohammed. We discuss a few of her memorable achievements at the United Nation, in particular the process of bringing member states together to develop the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and ensuring that no one in the global village is left behind in the pursuit of sustained global prosperity. She emphasises how SDG5, the gender goal, is a docking station for the other 16 goals. We address the role of business with respect to climate action, reducing emissions, job creation and modifying their business models to respond to the challenges. We discuss women in leadership and the importance of exposing young people to opportunities to develop their careers. The Deputy Secretary-General also reflects on aspects of her personal journey to the United Nations from her beginnings in Nigeria. Tune in for more….
06
DEC

Judge Nicoline Janse van Nieuwenhuizen – North Gauteng High Court

This week on Womanity - Women in Unity, Dr. Amaleya Goneos-Malka talks to Judge Nicoline Janse van Nieuwenhuizen from the Gauteng Division of the High Court. She recounts some of the milestones in her career which led to her becoming a high court judge, and the tremendous responsibilities associated with this role. She shares some of her memorable cases, highlighting the empathy she brings into the courtroom, reminding us of the human element. She notes the gender split in her division is currently weighted 40% female to 60% male, which shows a marked increase in the number of female judges, up from 30% in 2013 for the country. She reflects on the impact of public demand on the gender composition of the counsel they choose to represent them. Tune in for more….
29
NOV

Judge Wendy Hughes – North Gauteng High Court

This week on Womanity - Women in Unity, Dr. Amaleya Goneos-Malka talks to Judge Wendy Hughes from the Gauteng Division of the High Court. She relays her journey into the legal profession and shares the process of becoming a judge – resulting in independent individuals who mete out the law without fear or favour. She highlights some landmark cases in her career such as state capture. We discuss the evolution of the South African legal system founded on Roman Dutch law into a hybrid judicial system to take account of customary laws, traditional values, the environment and other factors. Judge Hughes reflects on her upbringing, family and values as enablers. Tune in for more….
22
NOV

Judge Cynthia Pretorius – North Gauteng High Court

This week on Womanity - Women in Unity, Dr. Amaleya Goneos-Malka talks to Judge Cynthia Pretorius from the Gauteng Division of the High Court. We discuss some of the milestones in her career, from breaking glass ceilings and opening doors for other women to rise through the judiciary, to memorable cases such as the spy tapes, ponzi schemes and infanticide. Judge Pretorius illustrates through personal example, by starting her pupillage at the age of 45, that the door to education is always open and takes people ahead. She remarks that nowadays there are fewer barriers for women to overcome but they should embrace the opportunities that come their way. Tune in for more….
15
NOV

Foreign Affairs Minister Jamaica & deputy Prime Minister & Minister of International Relations & Co-operation of Namibia

This week in the first part of Womanity - Women in Unity, Dr. Amaleya Goneos-Malka talks to Ms Kamina Johnson-Smith the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade for Jamaica about some of her country’s foreign trade policies and domestic activities. We highlight, for example, interventions that have been implemented to allow for the re-integration of teen mothers into the school system, changing the narrative from a moralistic discussion to one of human rights and economic costs to the country. Minister Johnson-Smith remarks on positive outcomes of Jamaica’s national gender policy which led to Jamaica, per capita, having the highest number of female managers in the world. In the second part of the show we are joined by 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 shares some of the programmes she has driven to advocate for women’s empowerment and rights in Namibia, including establishing the Ministry for Women and gender budgeting for each ministry to ensure that they consider how the outcomes of their budgets impact on the lives of women. Tune in for more….
15
NOV

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade for Jamaica - Kamina Johnson-Smith

This week on Womanity - Women in Unity, Dr. Amaleya Goneos-Malka talks to Ms Kamina Johnson-Smith, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade for Jamaica, about some of her country’s foreign trade policies and domestic activities. We highlight, for example, interventions that have been implemented to allow for the re-integration of teen mothers into the school system, changing the narrative from a moralistic discussion to one of human rights and economic costs to the country. Minister Johnson-Smith remarks on positive outcomes of Jamaica’s national gender policy which led to Jamaica, per capita, having the highest number of female managers in the world.
08
NOV

South Africa’s Ambassador to Madagascar – Maud Vuyelwa Dlomo

This week on Womanity - Women in Unity, Dr. Amaleya Goneos-Malka talks to South Africa’s Ambassador to Madagascar, Ms Maud Vuyelwa Dlomo. We discuss some of the highlights in her early career with the Department of International Relations, such as integrating and re-educating diplomats in 1994 to serve in a new democratic South Africa; introducing young cadets into the talent pipeline as enthusiastic agents of change, with fresh perspectives to represent the country; and starting a programme for women in peace and security – remarking on the importance of establishing peaceful, stable, conflict free, environments to attract investors. Ambassador Dlomo shares some of the cultural difference exhibited by different countries, particularly elements that infringe on women’s rights and inhibit their development. She mentions an example of a project that young Malagasy women have undertaken which tackles issues of political identity, as well as economic development and the role of women contributing to their country. Ambassador Dlomo reminds us that women stand better together, as a united front and that this is our time, the future is bright. Tune in for more…
01
NOV

South Africa’s High Commissioner Sri Lanka – Robina Marks

This week on Womanity-Women in Unity, Dr. Amaleya Goneos-Malka talks to South Africa’s High Commissioner to Sir Lanka, Ms Robina Marks. We discuss how she is redefining the role of modern day diplomats as networkers and facilitators that are promoting what our country has to offer to the world and in so doing contributing to President Ramaphosa’s goal of raising foreign or domestic investment into South Africa to the tune of US$100bn. High Commissioner Marks reflects on her career noting the importance of possessing a strong set of values and principles to find ways to influence and impact on the world to make it a better place. We note some of the work she has been involved in regarding gender equality, such as mentorship programmes that she introduced into the Department of International Relations and Co-operation – to lift as you climb, and bringing sister to sister solidarity groups of women from different countries together. Tune in for more…
25
OCT

South Africa’s High Commissioner to New Zealand Vuyiswa Tulelo

This week on Womanity-Women in Unity, Dr. Amaleya Goneos-Malka talks to South Africa’s High Commissioner to New Zealand Ms Vuyiswa Tulelo. We discuss some aspects in her portfolio, such as strengthening inter-country relationships, promoting investment for South Africa, fulfilling civic duties for South African immigrants living in New Zealand, and serving as a role model – not just for South Africa – but Africa too. In our conversation about women in leadership, High Commissioner Tulelo remarks that having a female head of state does not guarantee gender parity across the board. Changing the discourse and empowerment of women comes from socialisation in the home, the influence of education systems on youth, from women driving change within themselves and using their voice to speak up for the collective. Tune in for more…
17
OCT

6th President and the First Female President of the Republic of Mauritius Dr Ameenah Gurib-Fakim

This week on Womanity-Women in Unity, Dr. Amaleya Goneos-Malka talks to Dr Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, who was the 6th President and the First Female President of the Republic of Mauritius. She takes us through her three lives of scientist, entrepreneur and president. We talk about some of the attributes she introduced into her term of office, which fuelled her drive to empower youth to embrace science and technology tools and become job creators not job seekers. We differentiate between women in leadership and women in power, with the latter being the catalyst to drive effective change to enable women on the continent. The number of women in power continues to erode, which means the base line is constantly reset and critical mass cannot be attained to drive meaningful change. Women have a responsibility to be role models and help one another for the betterment of womenkind. Tune in for more…
11
OCT

WITS University School of Human and Community Development

This week on Womanity-Women in Unity, Dr. Amaleya Goneos-Malka talks to Dr Daleen Alexander (head of undergraduate affairs at the Department of Psychology) Dr Jaishika Seedat (head of the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology), and Dr. Simangele Mayisela (head of transformation), from the School of Human and Community Development at WITS University. In this two part series we consider some of the interventions that can be used to counter gender discrimination, such as moving past self-limiting beliefs; developing passion, vision and perseverance; creating unity amongst women for support; promoting mentorship; implementing policies to achieve transformation; and ensuring equal access for opportunity. Tune in for more…
04
OCT

WITS University School of Human and Community Development

This week on Womanity-Women in Unity, Dr. Amaleya Goneos-Malka talks to Dr Daleen Alexander (head of undergraduate affairs at the Department of Psychology) Dr Jaishika Seedat (head of the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology), and Dr. Simangele Mayisela (head of transformation), from the School of Human and Community Development at WITS University. In this two part series we firstly consider some of the factors that contribute towards gender discrimination, such as: children introduced to genderised roles in childhood; sexualised stereotyping and expectations of women and men to perform particular tasks; cultural norms and the history of the country impacting on behaviour; insufficient knowledge of one’s rights and poor enactment of protective policies. Tune in for more…

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