Feminism in Traditional Communities Dialogue

The National Heritage Council (NHC) through its programme Resistance & Liberation Heritage Route (RLHR) will host a virtual dialogue on Feminism to celebrate heritage month by honouring the women who sacrificed their lives for the freedom and equality of women across South Africa today.

Feminism in South Africa has been shaped by struggles for political and racial equality, as well as by national and transnational struggles for gender equality. Customary practices such as Ukuthwala, child marriage, traditional leadership and others are entrenched in practice and take precedence over equality in the villages where they are carried out.

It is therefore questionable whether the feminist constitutionalism of gender equality is making a difference to women living in communities with a strong commitment to traditional norms and practices. These compromises on women’s rights to equality can thus be interpreted to mean that women, as opposed to men, do not have inherent rights.

The virtual dialogue will see the following panellists coversing on these issues:

• Prof. Nomboniso Gasa- Adjunct Professor at School of Public Law, University of Cape Town
• UNdlunkulu P.T Zulu- Deputy Chairperson of the Provincial House of Traditional Leaders
• Naleli Morejele- Feminist Scholar and Author – a gender and transformation scholar and practitioner.
• Dr Zulumathabo Zulu- a software engineer and published author.
• Prof. Vivian Ojong- Acting Dean & Head of School at the University of Kwa Zulu Natal.


Members of the Media are invited to join virtually to cover the event as we continue to curb the spread of COVID-19:
Date: Monday, 20 September 2021
Time: 11h00 – 12h30
Virtual Platform:

Microsoft Teams: https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19:0e4916fa92d541d2844a986889fb025a@thread.tacv2/1631781149609?context=%7B%22Tid%22:%22b684132c-5f14-408a-bcd6-14fadf45e466%22,%22Oid%22:%229ea983a3-1b43-49f6-a4da-b616d9255e7a%22%7D)

RSVP to: Tebogo Shilakwe, cell: 082 657 7064 / email: t.shilakwe@nhc.org.za.

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