#YVote4U Election Campaign

NOT YET UHURU SA  |  Podcast , ±31 min episodes every 1 week, 3 days  | 
In May 2019 South Africans will go to the polls. This will be the mostly contested elections given the different scandals that the different political parties are facing. These elections occur within the context of the Global #MeToo campaign and South Africa’s own #TheTotalShutdown campaign. Both these initiatives brought issues of violence against women into the spotlight and in South Africa led to a Gender Summit with various civil society organisations supporting the 24 demands of #TheTotalShutdown movement.

Most of the political parties are targeting the youth vote for the upcoming elections. The majority of registered voters are women, yet they are not voting on the basis of which party will deliver on the Constitutional commitment to protect and promote the rights of women.

Soul City will lead a Young Women’s Vote - 2019 Elections Campaign in partnership with #TheTotalShutdown, Corruption Watch and Country Duty

The purpose of the campaign:
• For women to use this voting democratic tool to advance substantive gender equality and urgently redress gender based violence
• Positioning the feminist agenda to be at the center of the election public discourse
• Feminist consciousness raising

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What do men stand to gain from Gender Equality?

"Today, it is widely recognized that improving women’s status and advancing their rights yields benefits for whole societies, not just women and girls. Ensuring access to sexual and reproductive health services and protection from gender-based violence, among other important measures, improves the health of families and the economic well-being of entire communities"

This podcast uses religion, culture and politics as a mirror for society and how these three institutions undermine gender equality and contribute to the conditioning of sexist boys and men.

The Soul of the Nation Address

Activism is fulfilling work but it can also be draining on the bodies that are currently in environments of great injustice, poverty and discrimination.

In this podcast, Mmatshilo Motsei reminds us the quest for liberation is intertwined with the need for healing. " No one person can liberate you. No one person can heal you" she says.

The position of political parties on LBGTQI+ rights.

The EFF seems to have the strongest position on LGBTQI+ rights.
Also explicit about its stance, COPE promises to support their constitutional rights.
The ANC says it championed the cause and rights of those who identify as LGBQTI+ by championing the sexual orientation equality clause in the Constitution.

To help us unpack this issue, we are speaking to Lethlogonolo Mokgoroane, 2018 M&G Top 200 young people who obtained his LLM from the University of California, Los Angeles.

As a Sonke Gender Justice fellow, he uses his knowledge and experience with queer, Black feminist and critical race theory to challenge a system that continues to plague the marginalised bodies of queer people and Black womxn.

#Feesmustfall - Are girl freedom fighter voices prioritised in the national agenda?

“With my head wrap sitting as stern as a crown, my fist in the air and a student card leeched around my wrist, I sang as loud as my lungs could allow. But I didn’t sing, really. To say I sang sounds too pleasant. I wailed, I roared.
I screamed into the air that I was punching, as if fighting with an invisible presence. One that I had known all my life but never really understood. My mother, my grandmother and my ancestors all know of this presence. And like me, they have lived their lives fighting and finding solace in the pursuit of emancipation from it.”
– Tshepiso Modupe, Student on the cover of the book

Lebohang Masango speaks to Tshepiso Modupe, contributor of We are no longer at Ease, a collection of personal articles, essays, speeches and poetry mainly from voices of young people who were part of the student-led protest movement known as #FeesMustFall which began in 2015.

Edited by Wandile Ngcaweni and Busani Ngcaweni It tells the journey of a youth that participated in a movement that redefined politics in post-apartheid South Africa and is the evidence of a “born free” generation telling their own story and leading discourse as well as action on transforming South Africa with a foreword by Malaika wa Azania.

The Politics of Health with a focus of sexual and reproductive health

With South Africa being rubbed as the world rape capital and has the some of the highest rates of sexual and gender-based violence in the world, it is imperative to question political parties on their unclear stance on supporting and advocating for the decimalization of sex work.

Health is definitely political where seven out of ten households use public clinics. Long queues, medicine stock-outs and poorly maintained and managed are becoming South African proverbs.

Campaigning in the Digital Age

The emergence of social and digital media has changed the way in which political communications take place and in recent times we have seen how young black women have occupied this space to push their feminist agenda.

Some scholars have suggested that social media is a space for more equal democratic participation than movements in the pre-digital era while others have argued that the internet amplifies those voices with fewer resources.

So the question is: Does digital activism translates to meaningful change on the ground or have we entered into the era of “clickivism"

We speak to Katlego Mhulatshi from Country Duty to discuss how social media has the power to change not just the message, but the dynamics of political and social participation.

How the TotalShutDown's 24 demand contribute to a feminist government

The advent of democracy in 1994 came with significant appointment of women in government. This was a result of powerful advocacy of women who were mobilised under the banner of the National Women’s Coalition during the transition period.

25 years later the governing party is the only party that has a 50/50 representation quota but has never elected a woman as its president and only has one woman sitting on its current national executive committee.

We speaking to The Total Shut down Movement which gives uinsight into the movement and how its memorandum of demands contributes to a feminist government.

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