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Professor Ntombizozuko Dyani-Mhango – Department of Jurisprudence, Law Faculty, University of Pretoria

This week on Womanity-Women in Unity Dr. Amaleya Goneos-Malka talks to Prof. Ntombizozuko (Zozo) Dyani-Mhango, who is a professor in the Department of Jurisprudence, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria and inaugural fellow of the Pan African Scientific Research Council. Prof. Dyani-Mhango describes three critical functions in  her portfolio: teaching, research and academic citizenship. She highlights her research on international criminal justice in Africa, where she considers African Union member states’ obligations for international crimes, the power struggles between the African Union and international criminal court, and South Africa’s obligations to hold perpetrators accountable. We acknowledge the tremendous role that women play in peace, justice and security. We note the need for more women to be more involved in negotiations and occupy leadership positions. Considering the South African context and COVID-19 we unpack some of the challenges faced by students learning online, such as: lack of data, adequate privacy to attend class, and the ability to engage. In light of this point we debate if access to the Internet should be a human right. Prof. Dyani-Mhango shares aspects of the Pan African Scientific Research Council as an institution to bring together African researchers and Africa focussed research. We discuss the lack of women at the top of academic hierarchies and the foundations that female academics are laying to make the journey easier for upcoming women in their fields. Tune in for more…

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