Women in the news

Abuse: A Goliath undertaking
'I used to joke about being a Wall Street stockbroker, but I was never that way inclined. My father and two older brothers are artistic in various disciplines
First lady: A feeble, sexist and outdated job
The fortunes of Michelle Obama and Valérie Trierweiler, arguably the world's most high-profile first ladies, contrasted sharply last weekend. While the grandly abbreviated Flotus (first lady of the
Simone de Beauvoir: Google doodle celebrates a feminist icon
Google has celebrated what would have been the 106th birthday of the French feminist writer Simone de Beauvoir with a Google Doodle on the search engine's home page.
Nelson and Winnie Mandela’s marriage ended, but the bond was never broken
December 9, 2013
Their love affair ended more than 20 years ago yet the evidence of the past few weeks is that a fundamental bond was never severed. Winnie Madikizela-Mandela could ...read more
Graça Machel on Mandela: ‘I learned to separate the man from the myth’
December 9, 2013
Many South Africans will say they have lost their tata, as in father. But amid the outpouring of emotion here and around the world, it is easy to ...read more
Naomie Harris interview: ‘Playing Winnie is the hardest thing I’ve done’
December 2, 2013
The first time I met Naomie Harris was in 2010 in a noisy cafe in Portobello Road, London. I thought then that she was the sort of girl ...read more
Sangoma: Why I take ARVs
November 29, 2013
Prudence Mabele, a sangoma and one of the founding members of the TAC, is adamant that ARVs are imperative to the survival of HIV positive people. Image - ...read more
Zanele Muholi: ‘We live in fear’
November 27, 2013
To mark 16 Days of Activism, Human Rights Watch has released a documentary about the work of LGBTI activist and award-winning artist Zanele Muholi. Image - Gallo
Nomboniso Gasa: Long and short of the gender issue
November 26, 2013
Gender activist Nomboniso Gasa has been on Twitter for most of this year, although she hasn't yet memorised the social medium's first commandment: brevity. Her tweets, as a ...read more
The fabric of society needs underpinning
November 26, 2013
There are large panels of brown paper cut into arcs on Bongiwe Walaza's wide wooden desk. A sturdy pair of sewing scissors rests between the patterns. Walaza moves ...read more
Lily Allen denies accusations that Hard Out Here music video is racist
November 15, 2013
Lily Allen has denied accusations that her new music video is racist, insisting that Hard Out Here's scantily clad black and Asian dancers were chosen for their twerking ...read more
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Violence against women an issue for us all
November 13, 2013
Violence against women is so endemic it is impossible to work on any issue relating to women without it being addressed, according to the head of UN Women. ...read more
Islam belongs in people’s lives, not in politics, says Karima Bennoune
October 28, 2013
Writing a book about Muslim fundamentalism, the subject of Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here, felt like dancing in a minefield, admits Karima Bennoune. The law professor, who ...read more
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Rihanna, Lady Gaga and what’s really behind burka swag
October 24, 2013
Ladies! Wondering what to wear tonight that will turn heads and get all the boys excited? May I suggest a sexed-up burka or perhaps a naughty niqab? While harem ...read more
Huffington: How to be a successful young leader
October 17, 2013
Media mogul Arianna Huffington says we need to break away from technology to be successful – and one day we'll have gadgets to help us do that. http://youtu.be/b16Pmxd4Pi8 ...read more