Not Yet Uhuru SA #YVote4U Election Campaign

#YVote4U Election Campaign

In May 2019 South Africans will go to the polls. This will be the mostly contested elections given the different scandals that the different political parties are facing. These elections occur within the context of the Global #MeToo campaign and South Africa’s own #TheTotalShutdown campaign. Both these initiatives brought issues of violence against women into the spotlight and in South Africa led to a Gender Summit with various civil society organisations supporting the 24 demands of #TheTotalShutdown movement.

Most of the political parties are targeting the youth vote for the upcoming elections. The majority of registered voters are women, yet they are not voting on the basis of which party will deliver on the Constitutional commitment to protect and promote the rights of women.

Soul City will lead a Young Women’s Vote - 2019 Elections Campaign in partnership with #TheTotalShutdown, Corruption Watch and Country Duty

The purpose of the campaign:
• For women to use this voting democratic tool to advance substantive gender equality and urgently redress gender based violence
• Positioning the feminist agenda to be at the center of the election public discourse
• Feminist consciousness raising
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8 Episodes

What do men stand to gain from Gender Equality?

"Today, it is widely recognized that improving women’s status and advancing their rights yields benefits for whole societies, not just women and girls. Ensuring access to sexual and reproductive health services and protection from gender-based violence, among other important measures, improves the health of families and the economic well-being of…
30 May 2019 32 min

The Soul of the Nation Address

Activism is fulfilling work but it can also be draining on the bodies that are currently in environments of great injustice, poverty and discrimination. In this podcast, Mmatshilo Motsei reminds us the quest for liberation is intertwined with the need for healing. " No one person can liberate you. No…
24 May 2019 30 min

The position of political parties on LBGTQI+ rights.

The EFF seems to have the strongest position on LGBTQI+ rights. Also explicit about its stance, COPE promises to support their constitutional rights. The ANC says it championed the cause and rights of those who identify as LGBQTI+ by championing the sexual orientation equality clause in the Constitution. To help…
29 Apr 2019 30 min

The Politics of Health with a focus of sexual and reproductive health

With South Africa being rubbed as the world rape capital and has the some of the highest rates of sexual and gender-based violence in the world, it is imperative to question political parties on their unclear stance on supporting and advocating for the decimalization of sex work. Health is definitely…
1 Apr 2019 41 min

Campaigning in the Digital Age

The emergence of social and digital media has changed the way in which political communications take place and in recent times we have seen how young black women have occupied this space to push their feminist agenda. Some scholars have suggested that social media is a space for more equal…
25 Mar 2019 18 min

The effects of corruption of young womxn and girls

In this episode, we speak to Sabeehah Motala, from Corruption Watch who gives us a run through of what corruption is, the particular sectors it is most prevalent and how it specifically affects the lives of young womxn.
22 Mar 2019 31 min

How the TotalShutDown's 24 demand contribute to a feminist government

The advent of democracy in 1994 came with significant appointment of women in government. This was a result of powerful advocacy of women who were mobilised under the banner of the National Women’s Coalition during the transition period. 25 years later the governing party is the only party that has…
11 Mar 2019 31 min