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New labour federation and the gender question

New labour federation and the gender question By Asanda Benya | Amandla! Magazine Issue 52 | May 2017   A few weeks ago we saw the launch of the South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu). At inception, it became

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“But he is politically important”: silencing women in activist spaces – reflections on #menaretrash Amandla Forum

But he is politically important”: silencing women in activist spaces – reflections on #menaretrash Amandla Forum Camalita Naicker | Amandla! Magazine | Issue 53 The #menaretrash Amandla! Forum happened in a room full of people from political parties, social movements,

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Invisible hands: Women of Marikana

When we think of Marikana we think of the infamous event that took place on 16 August 2012, leading to the death of 34 striking miners. Scholarly analysis takes this further than the event to broader labour–capital relations. While useful, the

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Sex is political not personal

NUMBER OF SHOCKING incidents have featured in the news recently. In one incident, primary school children simulated rape on school playgrounds in the ‘rape game’. Rather than being distressing to the children, the game provoked laughter. In another, teenagers circulated images

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The Approaching Obsolescence of Housework: A Working-Class Perspective

Angela Davis:  Women, Race and Class (1981) The Approaching Obsolescence of Housework: A Working-Class Perspective Source: Chapter 13 of Women, Race and Class, Angela Davis 1981; First published: in Great Britain by The Women’s Press Ltd, 1982, 124 Shoreditch High St,

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Feminisms of the Left – and socialist feminists

I like our panel’s title: “Feminisms of the Left.” There is a long and confusing collection of names for those who are both leftists and feminists: Marxist feminist, socialist feminist, materialist feminist, black feminist, feminist socialist, anarcho-feminist, and so on.

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