#YVote4U Election Campaign

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
What do men stand to gain from Gender Equality?
by Karel — last modified May 30, 2019 03:00 PM

"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
by Karel — last modified May 30, 2019 01:44 PM

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 Politics of Health with a focus of sexual and reproductive health
by Karel — last modified May 30, 2019 01:44 PM

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.

Campaigning in the Digital Age
by Karel — last modified May 30, 2019 01:44 PM

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.

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

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.


Photo credit: Karel

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.


Photo credit: Karel

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.


Photo credit: Karel

The position of political parties on LBGTQI+ rights

The EFF seems to have the strongest position on LGBTQI+ rights.


Photo credit: Karel

The effect of corruption on the lives on young womxn and girls

In this episode, we speak to Sabeehah Motala, from Corruption Watch who gives us a run through of what corruption is, the particular sectors it is most prevalent and how it specifically affects the lives of young womxn.


Photo credit: Karel

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.


Photo credit: Karel

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.


Photo credit: Karel

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.


Photo credit: Karel