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The State of Women’s Health: Celebration of 25 Years of Agenda: (leading African Feminist journal_

22 August 2012
12:00 - 14:00

Date :22 August 2012

Time : 12:00 – 14:00

In celebrating 25 years of Feminist Publishing as a leading continental and internationally accredited journal, Agenda spotlights ‘Women’s Health’ in Women’s Month. There is a wide chasm between many women’s experiences of public sector health services which are of poor quality, inaccessible, and provided in an unprofessional manner, and the rights enshrined in our country’s Constitution.


Deputy Minister of Health, Dr Gwen Ramokgopa 

Janine Hicks, Agenda and the Commission for Gender Equality

Vasu Reddy, HSRC

Mandisa Mbali, University of Stellenbosch (guest editor)

Marlise Richter, Barbara Klugman and Khatatso Makoetle (writers in journal)

Sethembiso Mthembu (guest editor)

HIV/AIDS and concomitant rises in maternal mortality are also at the centre of the crisis in women’s health in South Africa. This crisis is inspiring a new feminist scholarship and advocacy projects which shed light on the changing nature of the state and development policy in South Africa, as they affect women in our country. This seminar focuses on Agenda’s latest journal, on Women’s Health, to deepen and widen scholarly and activist conversations on women’s health issues. Speakers will provide analysis and commentary in relation to well-documented issues such as maternal mortality, domestic violence and sex work, and also bring to the fore new work on under-examined issues such as cervical cancer and coercive sterilisation, especially as these affect women living with HIV.

This seminar may be attended via video conference in Pretoria, Cape Town and KwaZulu-Natal. Details as below. 

Kindly RSVP by 20 August 2012

Cape Town : HSRC, 12th Floor, Plein Park Building (Opposite Revenue Office), Plein Street, Cape Town. Contact Jean Witten, Tel (021) 4668004, Fax (021) 461 0299, or

Durban :  First floor HSRC board room, 750 Francois Road, Ntuthuko Junction, Pods 5 and 6, Cato Manor, Contact Ridhwaan Khan, Tel (031) 242 5400, cell: 083 788 2786 or

Pretoria : HSRC Video Conference, 1st floor HSRC Library Human Sciences Research Council, 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria. Arlene Grossberg, Tel: (012) 302 2811, e-mail: