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Invitation
HSRC Women’s Day Seminar

Black Women, Leadership and Contemporary Struggles in South African society

Presenters:

  • Dr Naomi Nkealah, Senior lecturer, Department of English Studies, UNISA
  • Ms Nondumiso Nsibande, Executive Director, Tshwaranang Legal Advocacy Centre (TLAC)
  • Ms Vuyiseka Dubula, Programmes Direcetor, Sonke Gender Justice
  • Dr Heidi Van Rooyen, Executive Director, Human and Social Development, HSRC

Date: 8 August 2017
Time: 12h00  - 14:00
Venues in Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town (Videoconferencing facilities: see below)

9 August in South Africa is always a proud commemoration of the leadership and bravery of black women. The courage shown by the leadership of the 1956 Women’s March is a reminder that no struggle is insurmountable and that collective organising and unity can be an invaluable force for change.

Although the Women’s March demonstrated the power of women and resulted in some changes, the South African woman continues to experience challenges which impact on and distort perceptions on the value of women in society.

However, the daily struggle for liberation and freedom continued during apartheid, and continues into the contemporary period. Our work is not done. Black women are breaking new boundaries and setting new standards yet are faced with on-going challenges and perceptions of their competence, value and their worth, within all sectors in South African society. While women are well represented nationally and in the political space particularly, this is yet to be seen at the provincial and local level. Within the research and academic environments, black female emerging researchers struggle to become more established researchers; those who do arrive are deemed exceptional. This is mirrored in various other fora, the boardroom, the newsroom, the classroom, amongst others. This seminar hosted by the HSRC will examine how black women across different sectors respond to the historical challenges borne of gender, class, sexuality and race, how the corridors of power are navigated, and what must be done to truly transform the lived realities of the black women in South Africa towards an equitable society.

 The HSRC seminar series is funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST). The views and opinions expressed therein as well as findings and statements of the seminar series do not necessarily represent the views of the DST.

Kindly RSVP by 7 August 2017

Pretoria: HSRC Video Conference, 1st floor HSRC Library Human Sciences Research Council, 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria. Arlene Grossberg, Tel: (012) 302 2811, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Cape Town: HSRC, Merchant House 116-118 Buitengracht Street Cape Town, Cape Town. Contact: Jean Witten, Tel (021) 4668004, Fax (021) 461 0299, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Durban:  The Atrium, 5th Floor, 430 Peter Mokaba Ridge, Berea, 4001 , Contact Ridhwaan Khan, Tel (031) 242 5400, cell: 083 788 2786 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or Hlengiwe Zulu at e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.