WITS University – Department Political Studies – Professor Antje Schuhmann
This week on Womanity – Women in Unity, Dr. Amaleya Goneos-Malka talks to Professor Antje Schuhmann from the Political Studies Department at the University of the Witwatersrand, whose research areas encompass feminist theories, gender-based violence, postcolonial theory and memory politics amongst others. We discuss some of the factors that contribute to gender-based violence committed against women in South Africa, which include rising levels of socio-economic disparity, men being sidelined and retaliating against women, a history of a culture of violence, legacy effects of colonialism and apartheid. We debate the representation of women in parliament, comparing some countries in the West with countries in Africa, noting that countries with more recently formed constitutions are more contextually relevant and have greater numbers of women in their parliaments. Tune in for more….