Womanity - Women in Unity

CHANNEL AFRICA  |  Podcast , ±39 min episodes every 1 week  | 
"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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Pan African Pilots: Captain Jane Trembath and First Officer Annabel Vundla from South African Airways.

This week’s episode of Womanity – Women in Unity, is dedicated to the March Sitting of the Permanent Committees of the fifth Parliament of the Pan-African Parliament which will takes place from 27 February to 07 March 2020 at the Gallagher Estate (Midrand) South Africa. These sittings will be held under the African Union’s theme for 2020: “Silencing the guns: creating conducive conditions for Africa’s development.” Next week we will hear from country representatives at the Pan African Parliament about key takeouts from some of the committee sittings. For this reason, we celebrate the success of two exemplary female pilots who broke every glass ceiling possible, from flying Boeing 747-400s, to flying all female crewed flights, even serving as Nelson Mandela’s personal pilot. Tune in for more…

Captain of South African’s National Women’s Football Team – Janine van Wyk

This week on Womanity – Women in Unity, Dr. Amaleya Goneos-Malka talks to the captain of the South African National Women’s Football Team Janine van Wyk, who is the country’s most capped player (male or female). She has represented South Africa in two Olympics, as well as qualifying the national team’s debut at the FIFA Women’s World Cup. We discuss some of her career highlights as a player and driving the development of women’s football to evolve the sport, to make it more accessible for girls to play in a comfortable environment. To develop international success as a player we note the role of support structures, coaches and role models to bring out the best in an athlete. As a leader, Janine applies her enthusiasm for the game and social capital to build trust and invest into relationships with the team to guide them through strengths and weaknessES to optimise collective performance. Janine is conscious about giving back to the game from establishing her own women’s football club, Janine Van Wyk Football Club, to help girls develop their game and become the next rising stars of Banyana Banyana to promoting the recently formed Women’s National Football League. Additionally, to help grow women’s football in South Africa, a combination of greater corporate sponsorship support, the creation of soccer academies for girls to nurture talent and exposure of women’s football for public awareness. Tune in for more….

Parliamentarian & Chairperson of the Multi-Party Women’s Caucus Portfolio Committee –Nkhensani Kate Bilankulu

This week on Womanity – Women in Unity, Dr. Amaleya Goneos-Malka talks to the Chairperson of the Multi-Party Women’s Caucus Portfolio Committee and member of parliament, Ms Nkhensani Bilankulu. The conversation includes the role of the committee as a body where women parliamentarians champion gender equality inside and outside parliament across racial and party lines, to serve as an advisory structure that represents the interests and concerns of women. We highlight some of the developments in the committee’s core focus areas of: Decriminalization of Sex Work; Women in Politics; Sanitary Dignity; Gender Based Violence and Femicide; Strengthening of the National Gender Machinery; the Re- introduction of Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB); Building Relations with Stakeholders; and Women and Health. We consider some of the gaps in these areas and how to close them. We discuss formal education to help advance women in the workplace and social education throughout communities to transform societal behaviour towards a more egalitarian society; and reflect on the responsibility that citizens have to one another to be the change they wish to see. Tune in for more…

Ultramarathon Champion – Gerda Steyn

This week on Womanity – Women in Unity, Dr. Amaleya Goneos-Malka talks to Ultramarathon Champion Gerda Steyn, who currently holds the titles to the Comrades Marathon and Two Oceans Marathon. We discuss her tremendous success in a relatively nascent career of just six years and her vision for the future as she prepares for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. She shares her journey from quantity surveyor to professional athlete, including the transformation of her microcosm to optimise performance on the road. We discuss some of the dynamics of running, such as the team aspect of the sport, physical endurance and importantly mental strength – as the mind controls the body. Gerda reflects on the history of competitive marathon running for women, explaining that women were barred, because of the perception that they were physically not capable of running long distances. In 1967 Katherine Switzer triggered an equality movement through her official entry to the Boston Marathon and completion of the event despite attempts to haul her off the track. Today female marathon runners are free to nurture their talent competitively, they earn equal prize money to their male counterparts and now receive equal exposure from broadcasters. Tune in for more…

Safer South Africa Foundation– CEO – General Riah Phiyega

This week on Womanity – Women in Unity, Dr. Amaleya Goneos-Malka talks to General Riah Phiyega, who was the former National Commissioner of the South African Police Services and currently serves as CEO of the Safer South Africa Foundation. We discuss the role of the foundation with respect to civil rights and community involvement in crime prevention management with a focus on youth programmes that cut across the criminal justice stakeholder value chain, as well as the longitudinal value of these interventions on the country’s social fabric. We consider the responsibility of women as primary care givers to deter criminal behaviour, to socialise children against gender based violence and foster respect for girls and women. Our conversation regarding women in leadership touches on some of qualities women bring to the table, such as compassion for effective outcomes, and examines the role of the South African Chapter of the International Women’s Forum to advance women’s leadership across careers, cultures and continents. We emphasise the duty of pathfinders to dispense their wisdom to path-followers that rise behind them. Tune in for more….

Parliamentarian & Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee of Public Works and Infrastructure – Nolitha Ntobongwana.

This week on Womanity – Women in Unity, Dr. Amaleya Goneos-Malka talks to member of parliament and Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee of Public Works and Infrastructure – Nolitha Ntobongwana. We discuss the oversight and governance role of the portfolio committee that she chairs, and some of the challenges regarding implementation of budget items and accountable delivery. We reflect on the role of the African National Congress’s Women’s League to prioritize issues that affect all women. In terms of female economic empowerment we raise concerns that women, although possessing requisite capability for positions, still tend to be overlooked for roles, in favour of men. We highlight the scourge of gender based violence, and Ms Ntobongwana suggests solutions, in part, lie with men, as perpetrators of GBV, changing their perspectives of women, and for women as primary child rearers to socialise boys and girls to adopt egalitarian values and regarding one another as equals. Tune in for more….

High Commissioner of Australia – Gita Kamath.

This week on Womanity – Women in Unity, Dr. Amaleya Goneos-Malka talks to the High Commissioner of Australia to South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Angola and Eswatini. We discuss some of the landmarks in her career, the enduring links between Australia and South Africa and mutual investment interests. High Commissioner Kamath highlights some of the gender focal priorities of the Australian Government’s Aid Programme with 80% of aid investment addressing gender issues and their implementation, as such they invest in enhancing women’s voice in decision making, women’s economic empowerment, and ending violence against women and girls. We discuss some of Australia’s creative mechanisms to promote gender equality and get women to participate meaningfully through initiatives like male champions of change to the panel pledge. High Commissioner Kamath also shares personal journey as a migrant, the role of education, the resilience of her mother and grandmother as powerful role model and reminds women to support one another – always. Tune in for more….

Deputy Minister Public Service and Administration - Lydia Sindisiwe Chikunga.

This week on Womanity – Women in Unity, Dr. Amaleya Goneos-Malka talks to South Africa’s Deputy Minister of Public Service and Administration, Lydia Sindisiwe Chikunga. We discuss the Department’s work under the Batho Pele philosophy, with respect to setting norms and standards for government departments to best serve citizens and the governance thereof. We also speak about the Department’s role in the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), from the perspective of South Africa being one of the co-founding countries of APRM and taking over its chair-ship in 2020. We emphasise APRM as tool to build on the knowledge of others to accelerate development. We also unpack some of the cultural dynamics that perpetuate gender-based violence in communities. We address women’s empowerment, with a focus on education and access to resources as strategic enablers, and if integrated effectively, by working together we will leave no woman behind. Tune in for more…

European Union Ambassador - Dr. Riina Kionka.

This week on Womanity – Women in Unity, Dr. Amaleya Goneos-Malka talks to the European Union Ambassador to South Africa Dr. Riina Kionka. We discuss some of the European Union’s priorities, with an emphasis on digital as an enabler and sustainable development - the green deal. Ambassador Kionka speaks about the evolving narrative between the EU commission and Africa towards a relationship partnership for the mutual benefit of both regions. We consider women in leadership and the positive direct and indirect impact they have on other women as role models. We reflect on several mechanisms to attain gender parity, such as target setting and including women on recruitment selection panels to compensate or overcome human biases. Tune in for more….

Ambassador of Ireland – Fionnuala Gilsenan

This week on Womanity – Women in Unity, Dr. Amaleya Goneos-Malka talks to the Ambassador of Ireland to South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho and Mauritius - Fionnuala Gilsenan. We discuss some of her former diplomatic roles in East Timor, Ethiopia and Tanzania. Our conversation touches on potential points of knowledge exchange between Ireland and South Africa, with a focal point on women, in areas of peace and security, gender-based violence, education and economics. We consider women in leadership, and note the positive role-model effects that Ireland’s first female president, Mary Robinson, had on women, not just with political aspirations but with ambitions to succeed in other sectors. Tune in for more….

Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform & Rural Development – South Africa - Thoko Didiza

This week on Womanity – Women in Unity, Dr. Amaleya Goneos-Malka talks to South Africa’s Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development - Thoko Didiza. We discuss some of the dynamics of agriculture, encompassing the spectrum of subsistence to commercial farming, although the various constituencies are positioned at different levels they all require support mechanisms in the form of technology reform, financial backing, market facilitation and access. Minister Didiza mentions an emphasis on enabling rural communities, especially women, to turn their assets, like goats and cattle, into revenue generators i.e. milk, cheese and meat production. We discuss disproportionate land ownership, favouring men over women, and the fact that women’s relationship to land tends to be through men. Minister Didiza shares some aspects her recent appointment to chair the African Union’s Specialised Technical Committee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Water and Environment, which partly entails leveraging expertise of the continent to deal with matters affecting these domains in an integrated best practice approach. Tune in for more…

South African actress, presenter & producer – Zakeeya Patel

This week on Womanity – Women in Unity, Dr. Amaleya Goneos-Malka talks to South African actress, presenter and producer – Zakeeya Patel. We discuss the art of storytelling and its power to move people. Zakeeya shares some of her career highlights and being able to realise her ambition to participate in the world’s biggest entertainment industry, Hollywood. We talk about her long-term goals to be able to tell stories by women, about women, for women. We address positive changes that have been introduced into the television and film sector to protect women from harassment. We reflect on education and financial security as key empowerment tools for women to own their futures, their voices and their stories. Tune in for more….

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