Streaming issues? Report here
Aubrey Masango 1500 x 1500 2020 Aubrey Masango 1500 x 1500 2020
The Aubrey Masango Show
20:00 - 00:00
volume_up
volume_mute

The Aubrey Masango Show
20:00 - 00:00
Home
arrow_forward
Politics

Why do we have fewer women in public discourse?

19 January 2021 3:03 PM
Tags:
Women
#WomenOfInfluence
#MeTwo
1000Women1Voice

Sunday Times deputy features editor Sue De Groot says women express very passionate views about things in safe spaces.

Sue De Groot, deputy features editor: Sunday Times, wrote a column in which she said:"All women live with fear to some degree, and for good reason. It is understandable if fear of physical or mental abuse makes us more cautious in other spheres.

"We keep our heads down when walking in an unsafe street. Maybe entering the realm of public argument makes us feel similarly exposed.

"It is true that many areas are not safe for women, but the opinion page of a newspaper is not one of those places. The more visible and vocal women are, the sooner those men who treat them as objects might see the light. I urge you, sisters, speak up!"

De Groot tells more.

In doing some research for this column, this debate has been going on for decades.

Sue De Groot, Deputy features editor - Sunday Times

A report released in December by the Melinda Gates Foundation across media in six English-speaking countries, including South Africa, the US and UK, Kenya, Nigeria and India found the voices of women, not just women appearing a subject of news, but expert opinion and so on, is extremely low.

Sue De Groot, Deputy features editor - Sunday Times

Women mostly do the care work and the child schooling, home schooling, those kinds of things as well as having jobs, could be a time thing could be -as people say- men just complain more...

Sue De Groot, Deputy features editor - Sunday Times

Certainly women certainly opinions and I don't think they necessarily don't lack confidence in their opinions. I think we all know women who have very passionate views about things and they will happily talk to friends about those things in safe spaces.

Sue De Groot, Deputy features editor - Sunday Times

Maybe one of the reasons women aren't visible in public debates is perhaps for many that space is kind of tainted with fears and restrictions they might have experienced elsewhere. That's nor necessarily a fear of physical attack or harassment but the kind of fear of criticism.

Sue De Groot, Deputy features editor - Sunday Times

That is traditionally prevalent in black societies in South Africa such as: Behave like a lady; don't be a loudmouth; don't promote yourself; don't challenge authority ...

Sue De Groot, Deputy features editor - Sunday Times

Listen below for the full interview...




19 January 2021 3:03 PM
Tags:
Women
#WomenOfInfluence
#MeTwo
1000Women1Voice

More from Politics

Sufficient prima facie evidence of misconduct against Mkhwebane, panel finds

1 March 2021 3:15 PM

The independent panel headed by retired Judge Bess Nkabinde recommended that a committee of the National Assembly investigates or launches an inquiry into Busisiwe Mkhwebane.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

ConCourt to hear state capture contempt application against Zuma on 25 March

1 March 2021 2:09 PM

The former president failed to show up at the commission last month despite summonses and an order from the apex court to do so.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

What the new Level 1 means

28 February 2021 9:20 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that the new alert level will come into effect once the regulations have been gazetted.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Fellow South Africans ... this is what happens before the president's addresses

28 February 2021 8:38 PM

This article sets out the processes that the Presidency and the National Coronavirus Command Council undertake to update South Africans.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

He's not above the law – Ramaphosa comments on Zuma's ConCourt defiance

26 February 2021 5:15 PM

He said no one was above the law, including former President Jacob Zuma, who has defied a Constitutional Court order by refusing to appear before the Zondo commission.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

NPA still studying judgment that found Bongani Bongo not guilty of corruption

26 February 2021 12:59 PM

National Prosecuting Authority regional spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila weighs in on the Western Cape High Court ruling.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

'State-sponsored corruption should outrage South Africans' - Sars commissioner

25 February 2021 8:43 PM

'I'm infuriated!' Commissioner Edward Kieswetter says he feels the need to speak truth to power. Strong words on The Money Show.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Julius and I are friends but we rarely discuss politics when together - Mbalula

25 February 2021 1:30 PM

Minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni says she is naturally a very jovial person but not as charismatic as Razzmatazz (Fikile).

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

'Govt wants to destroy alcohol industry and boost illicit market with 8% hike'

25 February 2021 1:23 PM

National Liquor Traders Council national convener Lucky Ntimane says the industry is disappointed by tax increase on alcohol.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Govt wants to avoid slashing public servant salaries at all costs - Mogajane

25 February 2021 9:01 AM

National Treasury director-general Dondo Mogajane reflects on Finance Minister Tito Mboweni 2021 budget speech.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward