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Beyond 50/50: rewriting the code of being a woman in a man’s world

31 August 2017
12:30 - 14:00

Speaker:  Mmatshilo Motsei, author and Founding Director of Afrika Ikalafe Centre for Spirituality and Health

Chair: Dr Hester du Plessis, HSRC

Date: 31 August 2017     

Time:  12h30 – 13h30 

Pretoria, Durban, Cape Town

For centuries, the world equated leadership with a scenario in which a human being who is born male leads from the front. One key characteristic of such leadership is a dominator mind set. Hatched in the home, the belief that it is acceptable for one individual to dominate others is a thread that runs through life as we know it. Privileged by the belief in a God who is created in their image, men benefit from their perceived superiority even as they condemn other forms of oppression such as racism. In the same vein, women uphold the superiority of the dominator model of power even as they advocate for 50/50  representation in positions that were previously reserved for men. The result is pervasive sexist thinking in women and men. What then, is the impact of appointing women to lead institutions that were initially designed to legitimate power and control over others?

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