This seminar may be attended via video conference in Pretoria, Cape Town and KwaZulu-Natal. Details are indicated below.

Agenda Feminist Media and The Human Sciences Research Council invite you to a Feminist Dialogue: “Who’s afraid of Feminism? The State of Gender Equality 20 years after the Democratic Transition”

Critical conversations on the state of democracy in South Africa, 20 years since 1994, have already begun, closely reflecting on the extent and nature of progress made, and shortcomings expressed in persistent inequality and poverty. Agenda Feminist Media Project (AFM) will contribute to this national critique in this feminist dialogue by bringing together a broad and diverse set of stakeholders to specifically cast a feminist eye on critical instances of gender inequality, discrimination and exclusion impacting on ordinary women in South Africa. The purpose of the AFM’s Feminist Dialogue parallels the broad objective of the Commission of Gender Equality’s (CGE) planned national summit on the status of gender equality in South Africa, on the occasion of 20 years of democracy that will take place in April. There are four critical issues for deliberation led by specialists within this sector who will (1) frame the key gender equality issues for consideration; (2) provide a critical review of frameworks and responses to the issues; and (3) propose a set of interventions that address:
• Gender based violence
• Sexual identity and orientation
• Women’s poverty and access to land and resources
• Women’s access to health rights and services, and sexual and reproductive health rights and services in particular

Keynote Address:
Prof. Amanda Gouws (Commission for Gender Equality)

Sethembiso Mthembu (Her Rights Initiative – HRI)
Lisa Vetten (Gender Rights Activist)
Susan Nkomo (Feminist researcher and activist)
Nonhlanhla Mkhize (Durban Lesbian & Gay Community Centre)

Venues in Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town (Videoconferencing facilities: see below)
Date: 24 March 2014
Time: 08H30 – 13H30

Kindly RSVP by 20 March 2014

Cape Town : HSRC, 12th Floor, Plein Park Building (Opposite Revenue Office), Plein Street, Cape Town. Contact Jean Witten, Tel (021) 4668004, Fax (021) 461 0299, or
Durban : First floor HSRC board room, 750 Francois Road, Ntuthuko Junction, Pods 5 and 6, Cato Manor, Contact Ridhwaan Khan, Tel (031) 242 5400, cell: 083 788 2786 or
Pretoria : HSRC Video Conference, 1st floor HSRC Library Human Sciences Research Council, 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria. Arlene Grossberg, Tel: (012) 302 2811, e-mail:
Agenda : Shireen Ragunan Telephone (031) 3047001

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