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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SEP

Member of Parliament – Democratic Alliance – Angel Khanyile

This week on Womanity – Women in Unity, Dr. Amaleya Goneos-Malka talks to Angel Khanyile from the Democratic Alliance, who is a member of parliament and serving on the portfolio committee of Home Affairs. We discuss some of the platforms in parliament that aim to progress women’s agendas, such as the multiparty women’s caucus and annual women’s parliament event, which included a 25 year review of the Women’s Charter for effective equality. We consider gender-based violence, patriarchy and pay disparity as key concerns that perpetuate inequality for women, and urge women to speak up about any injustices they experience, so that appropriate action can be taken. Ms Khanyile demonstrates that through hard work, perseverance, appropriate planning and action it is possible for people to transform their lives for the better. Tune in for more…
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Award Winning Musician – Berita

This week on Womanity – Women in Unity, Dr. Amaleya Goneos-Malka talks to multi-award winning singer-songwriter Berita. She shares her introduction to music, initially exploring self-identity as an African and expressing herself through different genres of art. She shares some of the poignant landmarks in her Afrosoul career, such as collaborations with legends, winning awards and becoming an independent multi-faceted artist. We discuss some of the strengths for women in the South African music industry and the conscious development of female talent across the industry. We consider the importance of education and continuous advancement for life-long learning and the need to challenge oneself daily. Tune in for more…
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Deputy Minister of Employment and Labour – Boitumelo Elizabeth Moloi.

This week on Womanity – Women in Unity, Dr. Amaleya Goneos-Malka talks to South Africa’s Deputy Minister of Employment and Labour – Boitumelo Moloi. We discuss the Department’s economic role in society to reduce poverty, unemployment and inequality. We reflect on implementation of the principle of equal pay for work of equal value, which is particularly important to women, considering current gender pay disparities. We remark on the cabinet’s 50:50 composition regarding male and female appointments as a positive demonstration of women’s capabilities and message of transformation which should be echoed in the private sector. Tune in for more…
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Dean of the Faculty of Science at Stellenbosch University – Prof. Louise Warnich.

This week on Womanity – Women in Unity, Dr. Amaleya Goneos-Malka talks to Prof. Louise Warnich, the Dean of the Faculty of Science at Stellenbosch University. We discuss some of the recent innovations emanating from various science departments housed in the faculty, such as addressing biological invasions that challenge our bio-diversity, studying populations of great white sharks and developing safe shark barriers to protect beaches. These endeavours have an impact on the real-world, which is part of the institution’s ethos to equip students with skills like critical thinking, lifelong learning and collaboration to enable them to participate and lead in the future #4IR world of work. Prof Warnich shares some of her experiences as a scientist and her research in the field of genomics. We discuss interventions from bursaries to events and flexible schedules that help promote the participation of women in science. We note the need for programmes that develop leadership qualities in women, the importance of role models and mentors and to provide these tools to girls as they are starting to consider career and life options. Tune in for more…
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AUG

Vice-Chancellor of Nelson Mandela University – Prof. Sibongile Muthwa.

This week on Womanity – Women in Unity, Dr. Amaleya Goneos-Malka talks to Prof. Sibongile Muthwa, the Vice Chancellor of Nelson Mandela University. Prof. Muthwa highlights a few of the institution’s strategic plans from transforming curricula content to increasing research outputs as well as promoting demographic diversity of its cohort of researchers. She also introduces a flagship project to retrace Nelson Mandela’s footsteps in Africa via academic alliances with countries that supported South Africa in its struggle years. We discuss what it means to be African in the space of knowledge creation, and stamping Africa’s contribution on the academic map. Prof. Muthwa shares her experience of the fees must fall movement and resulting learnings leading to greater student-centricity and inclusion at all points in the university’s value chain. We look at avenues to groom female leadership, such as identifying and supporting young women with promise to instil self-belief and leapfrog hurdles to accelerate their access to opportunities. Tune in for more…
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AUG

Comedienne and Actress – Nina Hastie.

This week on Womanity – Women in Unity, Dr. Amaleya Goneos-Malka talks to South African comedienne Nina Hastie about her career in stand-up comedy and using this platform to pursue her agenda for race resocialisation. We discuss some of the dynamics that aspiring female comics encounter in the industry in comparison to their male counterparts, such as reduced exposure resulting in fewer work opportunities which impacts their growth prospects and earning potential. On a more positive note we highlight how initiatives, like the Kings and Queens of Comedy, are creating a space to address gender imbalances and stage more female comics; additionally we recognise that the Internet, social media networks, Netflix etc… provide alternate avenues for comics to develop their personal brand and attain success on not just a local level but global scale too. Tune in for more…
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AUG

Dean for the Faculty of Commerce, University of Cape Town – Prof. Linda Ronnie

This week on Womanity – Women in Unity, Dr. Amaleya Goneos-Malka talks to Prof. Linda Ronnie, the Dean for the Faculty of Commerce at the University of Cape Town. We discuss the role of tertiary institutions to produce appropriately skilled graduates for the world of work, whether they be based locally or internationally. Our conversation on women advancing in the workforce, unpacks the “sticky floor” concept, where some organisational practices tend to keep women in follower roles. We look towards interventions to address barriers that women experience including: policy reforms, dismantling unconscious bias, creating support structures, and encouraging women to be more assertive. Tune in for more…
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JUL

Dean for the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, Stellenbosch University – Prof. Ingrid Woolard

This week on Womanity – Women in Unity, Dr. Amaleya Goneos-Malka talks to Prof. Ingrid Woolard, the Dean for the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences at Stellenbosch University. We discuss the threat facing traditional residential universities from new entrants into the education space particularly private providers. In view of this we consider a few of the intangible takeouts students gain from their university experience, which have short and long-term benefits, for example developing their peer network of future private and public sector leaders. Prof. Woolard shares some of the progress of her research on measurement of poverty, inequality and unemployment in South Africa, noting that there has been improved access to some amenities, but the inequality gap has expanded partly as a result of a weak labour market. We remark on factors that contribute to gender pay disparity, as well as the marked differences in the low representation of female leaders in South Africa’s private sector compared to almost 50% representation the public sector. Tune in for more…
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JUL

Dean for the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, University of Cape Town – Prof. Alison Lewis.

This week on Womanity – Women in Unity, Dr. Amaleya Goneos-Malka talks to Prof. Alison Lewis, the Dean for the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, University of Cape Town. We discuss some of the responsibilities that are associated with this position, including transformation and decolonisation at the University of Cape Town. Prof. Lewis highlights a few aspects of her research initiatives oriented around contaminated water, using methods to both purifying the water and contaminants into useful products. We also discuss the mutual benefits of fostering closer relationships between industry and academia. We also consider elements that may improve the attractiveness of the engineering discipline to encourage more students to take up this field which has the potential to solve current 21st century problems. Tune in for more…
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Professor of Law & South African Research Chair in Equality, Law and Social Justice - School of Law – WITS University

This week on Womanity – Women in Unity, Dr. Amaleya Goneos-Malka talks to Prof. Cathi Albertyn, who is a Professor of Law and holds the South African Research Chair in Equality, Law and Social Justice at the School of Law - University of the Witwatersrand. Prof. Albertyn’s early work addressed aspects of South Africa’s oppressive past and inequalities, where law served as a tool of oppression. In her later work she focussed on using law for social justice, for instance by participating in the development of South Africa’s new constitution - ensuring that women would be entitled to equality across all spheres of society, she also worked on women’s reproductive rights. In 2018 she was awarded a National Research Foundation South African Research Chair Initiative (SARChI) for: Equality, Law and Social Justice, which she plans to use to develop a postgraduate community and to co-ordinate an initiative on constitutions bringing in the “Voices of the South”. Tune in for more…
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Director of Architecture Programme – School of Architecture and Planning,WITS University,Prof. Ariane Janse van Rensburg

This week on Womanity – Women in Unity, Dr. Amaleya Goneos-Malka talks to Prof. Ariane Janse van Rensburg, Director of Architecture Programme at the School of Architecture and Planning at WITS University. We discuss how the School’s transformative approach to education, with the implementation of a decolonised curriculum, results in students embracing their own learning philosophies that has broad applicability to other aspects of their lives. Our conversation considers the role of architecture in society, from its core to solution for people problems to reflecting culture and utilising design and materials economically with a view to sustainability. Prof. Janse van Rensburg reminds us that there is no Planet B. We reflect on some of the underlying issues that contribute to the relatively low proportion of female architects in practice in comparison to their male counterparts, despite gender balance at graduation. Gender pay and opportunity disparity is evident in the field of architecture, as well as other disciplines and we identify ways to overcome these points of discrimination. Tune in for more…
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Cardiologist – University of Cape Town – Dr. Blanche Cupido

This week on Womanity – Women in Unity, Dr. Amaleya Goneos-Malka talks to Dr. Blanche Cupido, a cardiologist with a special interest in congenital heart disease. She heads up the echocardiography division at the Groote Schuur Hospital, University of Cape Town. Dr. Cupido shares a few details about her work, covering clinical aspects, building capacity, teaching undergraduate medical students and treating adults with congenital heart disease. We discuss the scarcity of cardiologists in South Africa and Africa, noting that there are approximately 160-170 cardiologists serving a population of 57million people, furthermore there are less than 30 cardiologists working in the public sector. We also highlight the role of mentors and colleagues to support women as they advance through their careers. Tune in for more…

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