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Grace Boroto
Monday, May 23, 2022
Grace Boroto
Grace Boroto is a Member of the Parliament of South Africa. This interview was conducted on 6 September 2021, in Vienna (Austria), during the 13th Summit of Women Speakers of Parliament. Click on the Settings button for subtitles in English, French...
Judge Mandisa Maya, South Africa’s Chief Justice-elect. Photo by Gallo Images / The Times / Simphiwe Nkwali
Friday, February 11, 2022
South Africa could soon have its first woman Chief Justice: here’s who she is
Mandisa Maya, Judge President of South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal, was recently recommended by the country’s Judicial Services Commission to become the next Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court. The position became vacant after the 12-...
6 women who helped lead South Africa to freedom whose names you should know - Credits: John Parkin/AP
Monday, January 24, 2022
6 women who helped lead South Africa to freedom whose names you should know
This year, South Africa will celebrate 28 years of democracy, and as a younger generation, none of us can deny the validity of the statement, “I am my ancestors' wildest dreams” — a quote that gained noteriety after film director Ava Duvernay wore...
Cathy Mohlahlana - Moderator (Copyright: Mail & Guardian)
Friday, November 12, 2021
SA needs more youth and women political participation
By Lucas Ledwaba Statistics suggest women and youth dominate the country’s population, but with the local government election just weeks away the question of their participation in decision making remains a contested issue. The Independent Electoral...
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
South Africa not psychologically ready for a female president
Former National Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete believes South Africa is not psychologically ready for a female president. Mbete was talking to SAfm's Masechaba Ndlovu on Monday evening as the radio station celebrates powerful women during Women's...
Friday, July 05, 2019
Is Ramaphosa’s Cabinet truly ‘gender-equal’?
While half the ministers in Ramaphosa’s Cabinet are women, this Cabinet as a whole is still slightly skewed towards men. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has been hailed for the important milestone of appointing women to half the country’s...
Thursday, May 30, 2019
Why Africa leads world in women’s leadership
By Ryan Lenora Brown, When South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced his new Cabinet late Wednesday night, his country joined a rarified global club, becoming just the 11th nation on earth where at least 50% of government ministers are women...
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
South Africa's president names Cabinet that is 50% women
South Africa's president on Wednesday named a trimmed-down Cabinet that is 50% women, making the country's one of few in the world to be "gender-balanced." President Cyril Ramaphosa's announcement followed similar moves by Ethiopia and Rwanda last...
Wednesday, May 08, 2019
How the women's vote could make all the difference in South Africa
By Paul Berkowitz, The numbers are staggering: in the last general election, nearly 2.5-million more women voted than men. Voter turnout was significantly higher among women than men in 2014, when 76% of registered women voters came out to cast...
Friday, May 03, 2019
South Africa: Gender and elections pre-audit
May 3: A preliminary gender audit of the South African elections due to be held on 8 May shows that while there will be a slight increase in women’s representation, women are still missing from the top echelons of political parties and from the...
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
SIMA RAMA's Impact Talk on women's leadership during 2012 Marikana massacre in South Africa
In a deeply personal journey, Strike a rock follows Primrose Sonti and Thumeka Magwangqana, two grandmothers and best-friends living in Nkaneng, Marikana, an informal-settlement in rural South-Africa that sprung up around a mine operated by Lonmin...
Friday, September 14, 2018
Thandi Modise
Thandi Modise is the Chairperson of the Upper House of the Parliament (National Council of Provinces) of South Africa. This interview was conducted in March 2018 in New York during the CSW.
Monday, September 10, 2018
Online streaming of the documentary "Strike A Rock" in September
Streaming throughout September on SIMA RAMA, Strike A Rock tells the deeply personal journey of two South African mothers and best-friends, Primrose Sonti and Thumeka Magwangqana. After a police massacre that claims the lives of 37 striking mine...
Friday, August 24, 2018
South Africa: Organisations have their say on women's rights, gender parity in parly
A number of organisations representing the interests of women have gathered in Parliament on Monday for a Women’s Charter Review Conference. The conference serves as a launch pad to engage women across all sectors of society on issues like gender-...
parliament south africa
Thursday, January 26, 2017
South Africa: Parliament Invites Public to Nominate Commission for Gender Equality
Members of the public are invited to nominate suitable candidates for the Commission for Gender Equality (GCE), according to the Ad Hoc Committee established to fill vacancies in the Commission. Applications will also be accepted. The public call...
Mmamoloko Kubayi
Monday, December 05, 2016
Mmamoloko Kubayi
Mmamoloko Kubayi is a Member of the South African National Assembly and holds the position of Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Telecommunications and Postal Services. This interview was conducted during the 135th IPU Assembly in Geneva. 
Monday, April 28, 2014
Do not boycott the elections: Motshekga, South Africa
ANC Women's League President, Angie Motshekga, has called on young people not to heed calls to boycott upcoming elections. She was speaking at a Freedom Day rally organised by the Young Communist League (YCL) and other alliance partners in Mfuleni...
Monday, January 27, 2014
Mamphela Ramphele may not be the electoral elixir needed to beat the ANC
It is a South African political match made in heaven: a revered black academic, international activist and former freedom fighter – Dr Mamphela Ramphele - joins the rising, but still largely white, main opposition party in South Africa to lead it in...

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