Sat, 19 Sep 2020

OPINION | Women of South Africa, we are unstoppable

06 Aug 2020, 05:14 GMT+10

(In My Skin). Coetzee is another feminist philosopher who studied with Louise du Toit and who is currently doing a postdoc with another of our friends, Amanda Gouws, in Feminist Politics.

Listening to their conversation with Azille on white Afrikaner femininity, as well as with one of our Theological Faculty's PhD students Ashwin Afrikanus Thyssen on Queer Theology, I was struck by the creativity and passion with which the next generation of thinkers, graduates from the institution where I work, can look at the world and themselves critically, and with humour, to "air" what has so often not been discussed.

What excites me about these examples close to my home and to my heart, and what I will hold on to this Women's Day, is the underlying theme of the song my daughter had sent to me. We are not alone.

Feminists have known all along our power is in being together. In the women's marches all around the world, and also in the one of 1956 in which thousands of South African women from all walks of life, of all colours and creeds, walked together to tell the government: "Hey, that's messed up!"

We, feminists, know this as we gather with our feminist friends to "wine and whine" or for "tea and sympathy". And I now see with the feminist daughters and the feminist students we are raising, that from across the generations, our daughters and sons are telling us "we are unstoppable" as they take the struggle further.


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