Empowering Women for Gender EquityAgenda aims to question and challenge current understandings and practices of gender relations. We contribute to the development of new knowledge about how gender relations can be transformed. In particular we contribute to the development of women and their capacity to organise themselves, reflect on their experiences and to write about this.
Who We Are
Agenda Feminist Media is committed to giving women a forum, a voice and skills to articulate their needs and interests towards transforming unequal gender relations. We aim to question and challenge current understandings and practices of gender relations.
What We Do
Agenda has been at the forefront of feminist publishing in South Africa for the past 28 years. Through our flagship project, the Agenda journal, we raise debate around women’s rights and gender issues. Visit publisher Taylor & Francis Online to buy copies.
Agenda values participatory and transparent processes and provides opportunities for individual growth and development. We host quarterly feminist dialogues in Durban, Cape Town and Pretoria. Visit this page to see upcoming events near you.
The Agenda journal is IBSS/SAPSE accredited and peer reviewedIt is published on a quarterly basis and is designed to promote critical thinking and debate. It aims to strengthen the capacity of both men and women to challenge gender discrimination and injustice.
Twenty years of the Constitution: Reflecting on citizenship and gender justice
This issue of Agenda brings to the fore gender advocacy around the possibility of a transformative constitutionalism in the long-term struggle to achieve gender justice. The Constitution as the peremptory legal authority which governs all the laws on the statute book has enshrined equality, dignity and freedom as among its core values. The transition to the post-apartheid state is a long-term process, and this issue asks how far we have come. While the need for racism’s erasure from the statute book through the legislature and the courts has received most attention, gender equality, disability and the many other intersecting listed grounds of discrimination have often required legal rights activism and advocacy to be taken up. Despite the prevalence of sex and gender discrimination, they have often been afforded less weight by the courts because they are less visible than racism and because they often take place in the private sphere. This issue seeks to address how responsive the Constitution has been through its rulings in extending and expanding not only women’s formal rights to equality but substantive meanings of gender equality for women and further whether this has contributed to a citizenship that reflects the Constitution’s values of equality for all. It calls for critical reflection on the salutary aspects of the Constitution, for example, how the Equality Clause in the Bill of Rights has been translated into substantive equality in the recognition of gender difference and sexual orientation. At the same time, the progressive realisation limitation that it places on rights, especially socio-economic rights such as housing and health, has been a concern for social activists. Furthermore, the slow transformation of courts as patriarchal institutions has also acted as a restraint on the delivery of gender justice.
Contributors are invited to write on the topic above from either a research or an activism perspective. Abstracts and contributions must be written in English and in a style accessible to a wide audience. Please submit abstracts to firstname.lastname@example.org or...read more
“When images of the world’s disasters flash across television screens,” wrote Jan Egeland (2005:1) in the foreword to Broken Bodies, Broken Dreams: Violence Against Women Exposed, “more often than not, we are presented with a rough sketch of the humanitarian crisis....read more
Agenda Feminist Media and Women's & Gender Studies Department, Faculty of Arts, University of the Western Cape invite you to the launch of journal: Gender & Disability Date: Tuesday - 20th October 2015 Time: 12h00 – 14h00 Venue: HIVE, Arts Faculty, B Block...read more