Bureaucratizing Feminism?: The Gender Equality Commission's Work in South Africa

April 7, 2017 -
12:15 pm to 1:30 pm
Janine Hicks
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Hicks will provide a contextual framework for the role of the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE), a Constitutionally established independent institution, in supporting democracy and gender equality. Using the CGE as an entry point, Hicks will both problematise it's effectiveness in discharging its mandate and present case studies of gender equality issues taken on by the CGE which suggest some measure of success in leveraging state accountability for gender equality. An overarching question will be: for the large majority of poor women in South Africa, is the CGE substantively advancing their struggle for equality, or is it merely a force to domesticate and bureaucratize it? Free & open to the public. RSVP to amanda.frederick@duke.edu

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  • Concilium on Southern Africa