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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Rhodes University: Associate Professor Emeritus and Head of the Isikhumbuzo Applied History Unit – Prof. Julia Wells.

This week on Womanity – Women in Unity, Dr. Amaleya Goneos-Malka talks to Professor Julia Wells, who is Associate Professor Emeritus and Head of the Isikhumbuzo Applied History Unit at Rhodes University. Given that we are in heritage month, we reflect on the past and poignant moments for women in South Africa’s history, highlighting some of the resistance movements in 1913, 1930 and 1950s, mentioning Josie Mpama, Helen Joseph and Lilian Ngoyi. Prof.Wells also makes reference to the diplomatic role women played to consolidate warring factions through intermarriage, where the daughter of the losing entity was married to the victor. In these scenarios women formed diplomatic alliances between the two groups, transcending violence and being the peacemakers that built bridges between communities, for example, Queen Noloyiso Sandile of the AmaRharhabe Kingdom. We note that gender discrimination like racial discrimination will not change by superficial means, gender issues extend beyond legal frameworks and thus quotas in various structures be it political or the workplace are needed to enable women to participate in these spaces. Tune in for more….
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Director Gender Studies: Centre for Gender and Africa Studies at University of the Free State - Dr. Nadine Lake

This week on Womanity – Women in Unity, Dr. Amaleya Goneos-Malka talks to Dr. Nadine Lake, the Director of Gender Studies in the Centre for Gender and Africa Studies at the University of the Free State. We discuss feminism as a theory that challenges normative patriarchal and capitalist societies to reconsider the way that people think about reality and prioritises the voices and lived experiences of women. Multiple traits of feminism have evolved. Some of the applied learnings of a more gender sensitive state has seen narrowing of gender pay gaps, women having the right to work, increasing the number of women in decision making positions and fighting against gender-based violence in a public manner supported by the President of South Africa. The field of gender studies aims to teach students to think about power relations in society and the way that this impacts on our work and domestic environments to challenge inequality in society. Tune in for more….
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Head of School of Geoscience at WITS University - Prof. Gillian Drennan

This week on Womanity – Women in Unity, Dr. Amaleya Goneos-Malka talks to Professor Gillian Drennan, Head of School of Geoscience at WITS University. She is a member of the Geological Society of South Africa (GSSA) and the International Geoscience Education Organization (IGEO) and also serves as Chairperson for the Museum Consultative Committee as well as the Geological Museum Association, Museum Africa. We discuss some of the applications of the earth sciences encompassing fields of geology, mining geology, geochemistry and palaeontology amongst others. Prof. Drennan highlights some of the research the department has embarked on and collaborations with countries like Japan, Democratic Republic of Congo and Ivory Coast, remarking how older technology is being repurposed and put into new contexts as well as identifying new applications for older minerals in our changing world. We discuss the fact that there are more women than men enrolled at undergraduate level to study GeoScience, which is a marked change from when Prof. Drennan undertook her academic studies. We consider how employers can create conducive environments that enable people to reach their full potential and be able to fulfil both their personal and professional goals. We contemplate to transition into a more egalitarian society and considered the role that attitude and culture play in this change. Tune in for more….
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SEP

WITS University Distinguished Professor of Public Health and Medical Anthropology – Prof. Lenore

This week on Womanity – Women in Unity, Dr. Amaleya Goneos-Malka talks to Professor Lenore Manderson, Distinguished Professor of Public Health and Medical Anthropology in the School of Public Health at the University of the Witwatersrand; she also holds appointments with Brown University, US, and Monash University, Australia. Prof. Manderson unpacks aspects of medical anthropology, such as the social ways in which people experience health and disease. We consider the impact of Covid-19 in this context with particular emphasis on the burden borne by women, noting that women are typically the primary care givers to the young and elderly; where there is home schooling – this task often falls under women’s responsibilities too; on top of these roles women are still have to maintain their day jobs for economic sustenance. We highlight structural reasons for women experiencing discrimination; we speak about the feminism movement in the 70s; and Prof. Manderson shares some of the challenges she overcame during her career and the achievements she has attained. Tune in for more….
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Deputy Minister in the Presidency for Women - Hlengiwe Mkhize

This week on Womanity – Women in Unity, Dr. Amaleya Goneos-Malka talks to the Deputy Minister in the Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities - Hlengiwe Mkhize. Who previously served as Minister of Higher Education and Training; Minister of Home Affairs; Deputy Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services; Deputy Minister of Economic Development; Deputy Minister of Higher Education; and Deputy Minister of Correctional Services from May 2009 to November 2010. She is the former Ambassador of South Africa to the Netherlands and she is the former Commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. We discuss her pursuit of the gender equality agenda in the various cabinet positions she occupied. We reflect on important gains women have achieved with respect to health and reproductive rights; access to electricity; and education. We consider how the four key actions, announced by President Ramaphosa in his 2020 Women’s Day speech will materialise. These actions are: 1. To expand access of women to economic opportunities; 2. To support women who operate small or micro businesses, including in the informal sector; 3. To speed up the process of giving women access to productive assets such as land; and 4. To ensure that women are safe from gender-based violence in the workplace. We address the impact of Covid-19 on women revealing social and economic fault lines. Tune in for more….
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High Commissioner of New Zealand to South Africa - Sarah Lee.

This week on Womanity – Women in Unity, Dr. Amaleya Goneos-Malka talks to the High Commissioner of New Zealand to South Africa – Sarah Lee. High Commissioner Lee shares some of the landmarks in her career and work being undertaken in the 12 African countries that fall into her current portfolio; and she emphasises the value of teams and how collective efforts deliver success. We highlight some of the empowerment projects that New Zealand is involved with in Africa, that aim to normalise women’s economic participation in the labour force as well as the idea that women should occupy leadership roles not just support functions. We reflect on some of the characteristics that women bring to leadership, such as good communication, compassion, focus on family, healthcare and welfare. New Zealand has a history of women in prominent positions of leadership and we remark on the positive role modelling effect this has for girls and women, encouraging them to be bold and ambitious, and we acknowledge that there are different ways of leading and different ways of following. Tune in for more….
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High Court Judge – Judge Segopotje Sheila Mphahlele – Mpumalanga Division of the High Court

This week on Womanity – Women in Unity, Dr. Amaleya Goneos-Malka talks to High Court Judge Segopotje Sheila Mphahlele – from the Mpumalanga division of the High Court. We reflect on strategies that reduce gender bias in recruitment processes, such as the inclusion of women on selection panels. Judge Mphahlele reflects on former International Development Law Organisation’s Director-General Irene Khan statement, “The quality of justice for women improves when women are not only consumers of justice, but also providers of justice”, and the need to increase the number of female judges in South Africa. In our discussion about gender equality Judge Mphahlele considers the influencing effects that parents have on shaping children’s attitudes of women and men and through a paradigm shift that focuses on both girls and boys to help evolve society towards a more egalitarian one. We consider education as an enabler and Judge Mphahlele goes further to describe it as a liberator, which frees women from being dependent on others, and potentially remaining in abusive relationships because they lack the means to stand on their own. Tune in for more….
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High Court Judge – Thoba Poyo-Dlwati – KwaZulu-Natal Division of the High Court

This week on Womanity – Women in Unity, Dr. Amaleya Goneos-Malka talks to High Court Judge Thoba Poyo-Dlwati – from the KwaZulu Natal division of the High Court. Judge Poyo-Dlwati shares key landmarks in her career and her involvement with various legal associations that aim to increase the representation of women and their advancement in justice institutions. We also discuss the impact COVID-19 has had on transforming ways of working in the legal system. In light of national women’s month this year, which is celebrated under the theme, “Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights for an Equal Future” Judge Poyo-Dlwati reflects on some of the recent equality gains women have attained and considers what needs to be done to accelerate equality for women. Judge Poyo-Dlwati considers how, “women can have it all”, with the relevant support structures and equitable distribution of family responsibilities between parents. Tune in for more….
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High Court Judge – Tebogo Djaje – North West Division of the High Court

This week on Womanity – Women in Unity, Dr. Amaleya Goneos-Malka talks to permanent High Court Judge Tebogo Djaje – from the North West division of the High Court. Judge Djaje shares her journey to the judiciary and rising through the ranks to the bench. She relays some of her experiences presiding over sexual offences, highlighting the effects of victim trauma and various support structures in place to assist witnesses. We discuss the role of institutions like the South African Women Lawyers Association and initiatives like Take a Girl Child to Work to create space to ensure there is participation of women across all spheres of society, and encourage girls and women to pursue the road less travelled – challenges bring opportunity. We reflect on skills that working mothers use to juggle the demands of family and career, citing time management as an effective tool. Judge Djaje considers that with hope and confidence women can achieve and do it all. Tune in for more….
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High Court Judge – Mokgere Masipa– KwaZulu Natal Division of the High Court

This week on Womanity – Women in Unity, Dr. Amaleya Goneos-Malka talks to High Court Judge - Mokgere Masipa of the KwaZulu Natal division of the High Court. We discuss some of her motivations for entering the legal profession, which included witnessing first-hand injustices of the maintenance courts as a child. We address some of the success factors that have contributed to her career, such as pursuing her dream, collegiality, sacrifice and a support family. Judge Masipa shares a few of her significant cases which impact on education rights and rape offences. In terms of trying to reduce the incidence of gender-based violence, Judge Masipa considers the need to actively educate society and direct behavioural change by introducing a gender sensitive curriculum at schools, establishing user-friendly community centres with appropriately skilled personnel and adequate training for first-responders, like police, to professionally attend to GBV cases. We consider the challenge of sexism that women face in the work place and urge them to confront this issue, utilising legislation that has been designed to combat discrimination. Tune in for more….
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High Court Judge – Anna Maleshane Kgoele – Mpumalanga Division of the High Court

This week on Womanity – Women in Unity, Dr. Amaleya Goneos-Malka talks to High Court Judge - Anna Maleshane Kgoele of the Mpumalanga division of the High Court, who formerly served as president of the South African Chapter of the International Association of Women Judges. She shares some career milestones and reflects on a few memorable cases. We look at some of the initiatives that promote women in the judiciary and emphasise the work that the South African Chapter of the International Association of Women Judges focuses on, such as capability building through various programmes. Looking towards bettering the future for women, Judge Kgoele considers several elements are necessary, namely: increasing the presence of female leadership across public and private sectors, promoting solidarity amongst women, building strong alliances between women and their male counterparts, encouraging women to be ambitious and ascend the ladder of whatever profession they chose to enter. Tune in for more….
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Professor and Researcher in the Department of Endocrinology, University of Pretoria & CEO of the 11 Centres

This week on Womanity – Women in Unity, Dr. Amaleya Goneos-Malka talks to Professor Tess van der Merwe who is a Professor and Researcher in the Department of Endocrinology, University of Pretoria; CEO of the 11 Centres for Metabolic Medicine and Surgery of South Africa CEMMS(SA). She is the Africa consultant for the International Association for the Study of Obesity; Chair of the South African Society for Obesity Metabolism (SASSO) and has served this organisation for more than 25 years; and she currently serves on the Scientific Board of the International Federation for Surgical Obesity. She highlights the fact that two out of every three women in South Africa is clinically overweight or obese, which places South Africa fifth highest level in the world in terms of obesity rankings and the heaviest in sub-Sahara Africa. Obesity is a multifactorial disease and the prevalence in women is combination of environmental and personal factors. There is a need to shift thinking about obesity from a lifestyle disease to a disease in its own right that contributes to several chronic diseases, including diabetes, cardiovascular conditions and cancer. We compare gender equality attitudes in South Africa and Sweden (an egalitarian society), where gender blindness in Sweden provides equal opportunities for women in comparison to the immature attitudes some sectors of South African soceity tends to have regarding women that limit their development. Tune in for more….

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