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Africa Month Colloquium 2017: Women and Work

Academics and activists galore pooled their thoughts at a colloquium titled Women@Work in Africa, which was hosted by UCT’s International Academic Programmes Office on Africa Day, 25 May.

The conference programme boasted speakers from across the continent who shared their insights on a range of issues pertaining to gendered inequality in the working realm. (Read the full story: The glass ceiling is not yet shattered)

Download the full programme for the event.

Download the concept note for African Month Colloquium 2017.

The list of speakers included:

Professor Evance Kallula
Director of Internationalisation, International Academic Programmes Office (IAPO), University of Cape Town.

Dr Max Price
Dr Max Price took up the post of Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Town in July 2008.  From 1996 to 2006, he was dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of the Witwatersrand.
After obtaining his medical degree from University of the Witwatersrand, Dr Price was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship.  He studied philosophy, politics and economics at Oxford. Following clinical work in academic and rural hospitals in SA, he took a Masters degree at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine continuing there as a Research Fellow in Health Economics.  He joined the Centre for Health Policy at Wits University in 1988 as a senior researcher, and become its director in 1992.
Dr Price’s research has covered the political economy of health in SA, health economics, rural health services, health systems research and health science education. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa in recognition of his leadership role in public health medicine and medical education. Dr Price is currently chair of the African Research Universities Alliance, was previously chair and now vice-chair of the Worldwide Universities Network.

Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng
Mamokgethi Phakeng (formerly Setati) is full professor and Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research and Internationalisation at the University of Cape Town. She holds a PhD in Mathematics Education from the University of the Witwatersrand. She is a B2 NRF-rated scientist who is as passionate about research as she is about teaching and community engagement. She has been invited as a speaker and visiting professor at international conferences and universities in Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, India, Italy, Kenya, Lebanon, Lesotho, Mexico, Mozambique, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Senegal, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, UK and USA. She has won many awards for her research and community work. In April 2016, she was bestowed with South Africa’s highest honour, the Order of Baobab in Silver, by the President for her excellent contribution in the field of science and representing South Africa on the international stage through her outstanding research work. In August 2016 she was awarded the prestigious Businesswoman of the Year Award in the education category. Prof Phakeng was elected as a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) in November 2007; an honorary member of the Golden Key International Honour Society in May 2009 and an honorary life member of the Association for Mathematics Education of South Africa (AMESA) in July 2009. In 2008 she became the first South African woman to be appointed to co-chair a study commissioned by the International Commission on Mathematical Instruction. The study is entitled “mathematics and language diversity” and has published an edited volume. 

Kgethi, as she is affectionately known, is a trustee of the FirstRand Foundation and a member of the boards of the CSIR and the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls (OWLAG). She has served as national president of the Association for Mathematics Education of South Africa (AMESA) from 2002 to 2006, chairperson of the Board of the South African Mathematics Foundation (SAMF) from 2005 to 2006, secretary and member of the executive committee of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (PME) from 2003 to 2007 and as President of Convocation of Wits University for five years (from 2011 – 2016). 

She is the founder of the Adopt-a-learner Foundation, a non-profit organisation that started in 2004 and provides financial and educational support to students from township and rural areas to acquire higher education qualifications.

Ms Yaliwe Clarke
Yaliwe Clarke is a Lecturer in Gender Studies at the School of African and Gender Studies Anthropology and Linguistics, University of Cape Town. She is also a researcher at the African Gender Institute at the University of Cape Town.  Over the last decade she has interacted with women's rights activists and peace-builders/conflict resolution practitioners in over 11 countries in Africa.  She is currently a Phd student in Social Development at the University of Cape Town. Her Phd research investigates the micro-politics of women’s ‘peace work’ in north Uganda. She is also interested in notions of respectable femininity, marriage, and (hetero)sexuality in Zambia. 

Ms Malika Ndlovu
Malika Ndlovu's words and productions have appeared on pages and stages all over South Africa, as well as in Austria, Uganda, USA, UK, Holland, Ireland, Germany, Spain, Ethiopia, India and the Philippines. Malika is an internationally published South African poet, playwright, performer and arts project manager, with a wide range of experience in the Arts and Arts Management arena. Until 2010 She was project manager for the Africa Centre’s Badilisha Poetry X-Change an international poetry festival. She is currently guest curator and presenter for, a unique African poetry podcasting platform. Malika was a founder-member of Cape Town-based women writers' collective WEAVE, co-editor of their multi-genre anthology Ink @ Boiling Point: A selection of 21st Century Black Women’s writing from the Southern Tip of Africa (2000). Her poetry collections include Born in Africa But (1999) Womb to World: A Labour of Love (2001), Truth is both Spirit and Flesh (2008), a poetic memoir entitled Invisible Earthquake: a Woman’s Journal through Stillbirth (2009) and two published plays A Coloured Place (1998) and Sister Breyani (2010). In 2015 she was nominated for the Department of Arts and Culture’s national Mbokodo Awards, in the Promotion of Language and Storytelling category, recognizing South African women’s contribution to the arts. Malika’s latest poetry collection Close was launched in February 2017 at Smith College Poetry Centre in Northampton, USA. As an independent artist and in collaboration with artists of various disciplines, Malika offers applied arts facilitation and produces multi-media, site-specific works diverse under the company banner ART on SITE dedicated to "healing through creativity.

Ms Mwila Banda Chigaga
Senior regional gender specialist, ILO Regional office for Africa at International Labour Office (ILO), she is promoting the economic empowerment of women as a means of improving the agency of women and closing the gender gap. One of the regional initiatives she is spearheading is financial inclusion of women entrepreneurs in Africa. ILO has developed a tool — FAMOS — that helps to build the capacity of financial institutions, including commercial banks, to design products that meet the needs of women entrepreneurs in Africa. With a Masters in International Development Policy, Duke University, Mwila’s strong sense of social responsibility has been evident since childhood; in primary school, she helped teach nutrition classes in surrounding villages. Since receiving her law degree from the University of Zambia, Mwila’s work has reflected her keen interest in issues of social justice and human rights. After working in a private law firm for two years, she worked for the government as principal state advocate and advised the Attorney General on matters of international law. Mwila has also represented Zambia abroad, serving in London as a Deputy High Commissioner, and in New York while reporting to the 3rd   committee of the U.N. about human rights, economic, social, cultural and humanitarian issues. In Zambia, Mwila founded an organization called Widows With Strength, which empowers widows to be self-sufficient. Mwila hopes to use her fellowship to enhance her skills in international relations, and to encourage government leaders to consider the linkages between equality, development and peace. Area of Interest/Research: Mwila’s thesis deals with the issue of gender mainstreaming in the Zambian HIV/AIDS strategic management plan. Internship: International Labour Organization (ILO), Geneva, Switzerland Mwila worked on implementation of gender mainstreaming in development policies and programs in the Gender Unit of the ILO. She also researched the social dimensions of globalization.

Ms Anjali Patel
Anjali Patel is passionate about participating in the growth of Africa, harnessing the potential of young women and men, promoting inclusive growth, developing greener economics, promoting local economic development and social entrepreneurship.  After graduating in 2010 from the Richmond American International University of London with a degree in Economics she joined the ILO where she was integral to the Strategic Planning and Programming for the ILO country office covering Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique.  As Convener of the UN Group on Sustainable Livelihoods and Food Security and building partnerships with the ILO’s tripartite constituents, Government, Workers and Employers organizations, she has played a fundamental role in the promotion of the Decent Work Agenda. Having joined the ILO Pretoria Office as a enterprise development technical officer, she continues to advocate and support young women and men take the steps towards entrepreneurship and innovation. 

Dr Marie Rose Turamwishimiye
Dr Marie Rose Turamwishimiye has a PhD in Public Law and an LLM in Environmental Law both from the University of Cape Town – South Africa, and LLB from the University of Rwanda (former National University of Rwanda). She is a holder of certificates in Post-Graduate Academic Practices from the York St John University (UK), Climate change adaptation in agriculture and natural resources management from the Wageningen UR Centre for Development Innovation in collaboration with the Agriculture Extension Makerere University, International Labour Standards from the International Training Center of the ILO, Research Methodology in Social Sciences organized by Center for Conflict Management at University of Rwanda (former National University of Rwanda), Empowering Women in Publications from the University of KwaZulu Natal in collaboration with the University of Rwanda (former National University of Rwanda). In 2008-2009, Marie Rose was the Head of Department of Public Law in the Faculty of Law, University of Rwanda and from 2009-2011 she was Acting Vice Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Rwanda. Since 27 October 2015 she is serving as the Acting Director of the Centre for Legal Aid and Mediation, School of Law, University of Rwanda. She has been one of the lecturers supervising the legal clinic course since 2005. Her research interest is in Access to Justice and Legal Aid, Environmental Law and Biodiversity Law in general, International Labour Law and Family Law.

Download her full paper presented at the colloquium.

Dr Asanda Benya
A chance encounter with sociology while studying medicine at Wits University resulted in an inspired turn for Dr Asanda Benya in her academic journey.  Now working as a lecturer in the Department of Sociology at the University of Cape Town (UCT), Dr Benya's work on the experiences of women working in the Lonmin Mine in Marikana has received several accolades.  Using ethnography, her current research looks at the construction of gendered subjectivities of women mineworkers in a Platinum mine in the North West province. My broad research interests are: Labour studies, gender, labour and social movements, labour geographies, workplace identities, the extractives industry, human rights, social justice in mining communities and ethnography.

Advocate Vicky Erenstein ya Toivo
Advocate Vicki Erenstein ya Toivo is the Special Advisor to Namibia’s Minister of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment Creation. She is a lawyer and a life-long social and political activist. She was born and educated in the United States of America and practiced law in New York City for 18 years, specializing in labour, employment and employee benefits law on behalf of workers. She was active in movements for peace, international solidarity and economic, racial and gender equality and in progressive lawyers’ organizations, both nationally and internationally.  She was an organizer of the first US national conference in solidarity with ANC and SWAPO and she coordinated an international delegation of lawyers to observe Namibia’s 1989 elections leading to Independence. She moved to Namibia in 199 to join her husband Andimba Toivo ya Toivo and became a Namibia citizen.
In Namibia, Adv ya Toivo first worked as a lawyer in the chambers of the Attorney-General and was later appointed as the Government Attorney and then Permanent Secretary of the Office of the Attorney-General. As a member of the Law Reform and Development Commission, she was one of the architects of Namibia’s seminal laws relating to gender equality and domestic violence. She helped to organize the first nationwide hearings on gender-based violence. Adv. Ya Toivo served as coordinator of Government’s project on Combatting Corruption and Promoting Ethics. She taught the first labour law course at the UNAM Law Faculty and lectures presently at the Justice Training Centre on the practice of labour law and alternate dispute resolution. As Special Advisor to the Minister of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment Creation, she contributes in areas of policy, legislation, stakeholder engagement, social dialogue, social protection, international labour standards, and capacity building. She has represented Namibia at meetings of the International Labour Organisation, the African Union and the Southern Africa Development Community. She is particularly proud to have contributed to the introduction of a mandatory minimum wage for Namibian domestic workers. She has served, and serves today on a variety of public bodies, including the First Lady’s Advisory Council and the Board for Legal Education. She is a gender champion, and she participated in the United Nations conferences on Women in Nairobi and Beijing. She has been active in civil society organisations and mentors young Namibians.
Advocate ya Toivo devotes her professional and organizing skills to the service of the Namibian people, particularly the poor and marginalized, to advancing human solidarity and equality, and to the goals of access to justice and transparency in governance. She is passionate to eradicate the shockingly high incidence of chronic malnutrition in Namibian children under the age of five, which denies a bright future to many Namibians. She believes that Government, the private sector and civil society should work together to ensure that every Namibian has a chance to realise his or her potential as a productive and caring citizen.
Adv.ya Toivo holds a BA Degree from Wellesley College and a Juris Doctor degree from Rutgers University School of Law. She was admitted to the bars of the states of New York and New Jersey and several federal district and appellate courts. She was admitted as an advocate in Namibia in 1993 and has appeared on behalf of the Namibian government in all courts in the country.

Dr Pamhidzai Bamu
Pamhidzai was born and raised in Harare, Zimbabwe. She holds an LLB, LLM (Labour Law) and a PhD (Labour Law) from the University of Cape Town. She has worked as a Researcher in the Institute of Development and Labour Law at the University of Cape Town, and the Social Law Project at the University of the Western Cape and has undertaken and published research on various labour issues in South Africa and Southern Africa. She recently completed a Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship at Stellenbosch University. Her post-doctoral project considered the Zimbabwean labour market, with a focus on the development and regulation of its informal economy. She has consulted for agencies such as the International Labour Organization and SADC Secretariat on a number of labour and human rights issues.
Pamhidzai was one of ten junior scholars selected to present a paper at the Harvard and Stanford Law Schools Junior Faculty Form held at Harvard Law School in October 2013. The paper analyzed the role and regulation of Zimbabwean informal cross-border traders and cross-border couriers. She was also a consultant to the ILO (Pretoria) on labour migration in SADC (2013-2014) whose work contributed to the development of the SADC Labour Migration Policy Framework, which was endorsed by SADC Labour Ministers in 2014. Pamhidzai was also a consultant to the ILO (Harare and Pretoria) on migrant domestic workers in the Zimbabwe-South Africa corridor in 2014 and to the SADC Secretariat (Gender Unit) on trafficking in persons in the SADC Region from 2014 to 2015. She has also served as a consultant to the ILO Geneva on non-standard employment in Africa in 2015.

Ms Elmarie Fourie
Elmarie Fourie completed her B Proc degree (1994) and an Advanced Diploma in Labour Law (cum laude) at University of Johannesburg in 2002. In 2005 the LLM degree in Labour Law was conferred upon her by the University of Johannesburg. She was awarded the chancellor’s medal (2006) for the best masters degree student in the Faculty of Law and the South African Society for Labour Law prize for the student with the best results in the LLM degree in Labour Law. Elmarie joined the Centre for International and Comparative Labour and Social Security Law (CICLASS) as the co-ordinator of the centre. In 2006 she joined the Department of Mercantile Law and lectured labour law during 2006 and 2007. Since 2008 she lectures Introduction to Legal Studies. She has been part of various task teams preparing legal opinions to government departments and drafting legislation for SADC countries. She has also been awarded a Vice-Chancellor’s Distinguished Award-Certificate of Teaching excellence in 2010.


Professor Adelle Blackett
Adelle Blackett, Ad. E., is Professor of Law and Canada Research Chair in Transnational Labour Law and Development at the Faculty of Law, McGill University, where she teaches and researches in the areas of labour and employment law, trade regulation, law and development, critical race theory and slavery and the law. Professor Blackett holds a B.A. in History from Queen’s University, civil law and common law degrees from McGill, and an LL.M. and a doctorate in law from Columbia University.  Widely published in English, French and Spanish in the emerging field of transnational labour law, in 2015; she co-edited a Research Handbook on Transnational Labour Law. Her in progress book on the regulation of domestic work is under contract with Cornell University Press. 
Professor Blackett is the recipient of prestigious research fellowships, notably the Social Science and Humanities Research Council’s Bora Laskin National Fellowship in Human Rights Research in 2010, and the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Fellowship in 2016 on transnational futures of international labour law. She was a William Dawson Scholar at McGill from 2007 to 2016, and has been a visiting scholar at the African Development Bank, the Australian National University and SOAS (University of London). She founded and directs the Labour Law and Development Research Laboratory (LLDRL) at McGill, was a founding steering committee member of the international Labour Law Research Network (LLRN), and is member of the Quebec based Inter-University Research Centre on Globalization and Work (CRIMT).A former official of the International Labour Office in Geneva, Professor Blackett has been an ILO expert on international standard setting on decent work for domestic workers (2008-2011) leading to the adoption of ILO Convention No. 189 and Recommendation No. 201; and in a labour law reform process in Haiti (2011-2014). In 2009, she was unanimously appointed by the National Assembly of Quebec to the province’s Human rights and youth rights Commission, where she served as a commissioner for seven (7) years. A member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Barreau du Québec, she was awarded the latter’s Christine Tourigny Award of Merit and the status of advocate emeritus in 2014, in recognition of her social commitment and her contributions to the advancement of women. She received a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.  In 2015, the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers awarded her its Pathfinder Award for her significant contributions to the legal community and the community at large.

Download her full paper presented at the colloquium.

Professor Debbie Collier
After obtaining an LLB degree, Debbie completed pupillage and later articles and practiced as an attorney in the Eastern Cape, specialising in Labour, Electronic and Property Law until 2001 when she joined the UCT Law Faculty as an assistant lecturer and IT co-ordinator. Debbie is currently Associate Professor in the Commercial Law Department and Deputy Dean: Postgraduate studies. Debbie is a member of the Institute of Development and Labour Law (IDLL) and serves on the editorial board of the Development and Labour Monograph Series, an IDLL publication and is an associate of the Labour and Enterprise Project. She is involved in the teaching and supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate law students, as well as students outside of the Law Faculty.
Debbie researches in the field of law and development and her PhD focused on law and development in the context of intellectual property law. Her current research interests lie in employment law and development, specifically in the context of workplace discrimination and equality law.

Ms Myrtle Witbooi
Myrtle Witbooi is the General Secretary for the South Africa Domestic Service and Allied Workers Union (SADSAWU). She is also President of International Domestic Workers Union (IDWF).  Ms Witbooi became involved in assisting domestic workers in 1968.  While she was a domestic worker, she discovered that her ability to read and write was in demand and started helping workers with basic reading and writing skills.  In 1974 she became a Shop Steward for the then Garment Workers Union. In 1982, she started working with the DOMESTIC WORKERS ASSOCIATION (DWA). Her involvement in DWA resulted in her participation in the launch of a new, progressive union for domestic workers and the formation of COSATU in 1985. In 1986, she was part of establishing a 50 000 strong SOUTH AFRCAN DOMESTIC WORKERS UNION where Ms Witbooi was elected as the National Treasurer and remained such until the closure of this union in 1997.  Ms Witbooi was integrally involved in leading a campaign for an International Convention on Domestic Work that was passed in 2011. She is part of international advocacy on an ILO CONVENTION (189) on Domestic Work that is yet to be ratified.  Ms Witbooi is the first President of the first ever International Federation of Domestic Workers.

Ms Nandi Vanqa-Mgijima
Nandi Vanqa-Mgijima was born in the township of Gugulethu.  She went to school and finished her grade 12 in 1992 at St Francis Adult Centre in Langa, Cape Town.  She is the Research and Education Officer.  She started her activism in the movement against apartheid as a high school student and subsequently as a volunteer with the Transport and General Workers Unions Aid Services in Athlone.  She has worked as an activist conducting education, advocacy, and research and as a labour law advisor.  Her research focus is gender and feminist studies, and before that, organizing and empowerment. Her broad interest is in crafting research processes that support struggles for progressive social change.  She has written on farm labour issues, social assistance issues, new forms of work and organizing.  She has been involved in various initiatives to build autonomous movements of the poor for example waste pickers’ movement.  Nandi is also interested in understanding financialisation its implication on the working class.  Some of the organizations she has been associated with include the Commission for Conciliation, Medication and Arbitration (CCMA), Women on Farms Project, Social Law Project (SLP) and currently with International Labour Research and Information Group (ILRIG).

Ms Duduzile Dlamini
Ms. Dlamini is a human rights defender and activist who participates in the fight for the decriminalization of sex work. She has been a part of Sex Workers Education and Advocacy Task force (SWEAT) for 8 years. She began as a peer educator and progressed to a program manager and eventually founded an organization - Mother’s for the Future and Sex workers Empowerment. Ms. Dlamini is also a National Organizer/ Mobiliser for Sisonke – a union for Sex Workers in South Africa. She is also a Board Member of SHARISA- Sexual Health and Rights Initiative of South Africa. Ms Dlamini is on the steering committee of the  Sexual Reproductive Justice Coalition (SRJC) where she represents sex workers who are mothers.  Ms. Dlamini also sits on the  Parliamentary Joint Committee desk in South Africa and is a  Civil Society Adviser for the United Nations.  She is also a Lobbyist for  Congress of South Africa Trade Unions (COSATU) and Federation of Union of South Africa (FEDUSA). She is a  member of the Working Committee on National Strategic Plan for Gender Base Violence in South Africa. Ms Dlamini has lectured for  South African College of Applied Pyschology (SACAP) on Sex work and Decriminalization and is an active member of Civil Society on Parliament Watch.

Dr Sharon Groenmeyer
Sharon is a sociologist and development worker with more than 20 years’ experience in education and training. She works in a network with other development workers’ in South Africa as an independent, feminist researcher, gender auditor and evaluator of non-government projects. She has worked as an external collaborator for the ILO Turin, Italy on the Gender Poverty Employment and as a tutor on the Gender Mainstreaming open learning programmes.  After completing her doctoral thesis on Women and Social policy in contemporary post-apartheid South Africa with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim in Norway, she continues to write and publish on two main themes in social policy: (i) Women SMME owners operating in male dominated industries of fishing and agriculture and (ii) the role of women in the peacebuilding process.  Until recently, she was a Senior Research Fellow for the Centre for the Study of Democracy (CSD) University of Johannesburg where she researched public participation in local government and published on childcare grants.   She has also held a position as post- doctoral fellow in the Faculty of Health, UCT. She is also a paralegal practitioner and continues to produce and contribute knowledge and ideas on monitoring and evaluation from a feminist perspective in South Africa. Sharon is a member of Codesria and has presented at the Gender Symposium in Cairo, Egypt.

Download her full paper presented at the colloquium.

Ms Sylvia Hammond
Sylvia is currently the Consulting Editor for Portal Publishing, online publishers of a number of work-related websites. She manages a work-related social network called  She is a PhD candidate registered with EBE CEM with her area of research being the implementation of skills development in the construction sector - particularly the small contractors and their labour. She is a generalist Human Resource practitioner by experience and a product of lifelong learning. All her qualifications have been achieved in adult life, starting with Sociology.  Working in HR during the 80s and 90s the main focus was industrial relations, when she achieved a post-grad Diploma, and then a Masters in Skills Development.  She passionately believes that we cannot achieve an inclusive economy without effective implementation of skills development.  

Dr Selina Mudavanhu 
Selina Linda Mudavanhu is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Information Technology and National Development in Africa (CITANDA), Information Systems Department, University of Cape Town. She holds a PhD in Media Studies from UCT. Her current research interests include Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and development, new media and feminist activisms, (social) media and the politics of framing and representation, media audiences and processes of reception and digital storytelling. 

Professor Stella Vettori
Prof Stella Vettori is a UNISA Women in Research Leadership Award winner. Prof Stella Vettori is an accomplished researcher and has published extensively locally and abroad. At the SBL Prof Vettori teaches labour law, conflict resolution and contract law.  Academic qualifications: BA (WITS) (1983), LLB (WITS) (1985), LLM (UNISA) (1993), LLD (UP) (2005). Presently a Professor at the Graduate School of Business Leadership (UNISA) where I teach labour law, the law of contract and dispute resolution. I am also a part time Commissioner at the CCMA. I practiced as an advocate for 3 years and held chambers at Maisels Chambers, Sandton.  Presented at numerous international conferences and published books and articles on the law of contract and labour law. Have designed courses on the law of contract and labour law for law students and for delegates who do not have legal backgrounds.

Ms Monica Gqoji
Ms Gqoji works at the Careers Service Unit which is part of CHED, as a Careers Assistant.  She  joined UCT in June 2009 from Durban University of Technology where she was involved in various formations of activism ( both as a student and later as a staff member).One of the bodies she got involved with and passionate about was the inception of the Gender Forum. She was later elected as a Shop Steward. In 2014 she was elected as a shop steward for NEHAWU, UCT  untill November 2016.  While at NEHAWU, she served as a Secretary for the UCT Joint Shop Stewards Council, which led the #endoutsourcing campaign.  Her involvement in the Workers Union, saw her sitting on various committees where she represented worker-related issues at UCT. She regards herself as an advocate for equality not only in the work space but in my community as well.

Professor Harry Garuba
Prof Garuba is an Associate Professor in the African Studies Unit and holds a joint appointment in the English Department. His teaching interests include: African literature, postcolonial theory and criticism, African modernities and intellectual traditions of African nationalist writing. In addition to being an author and poet, he is a member of the editorial advisory board of the Heinemann African Writers Series and one of the editors of the newly established electronic journal, Postcolonial Text. His recent publications have explored issues of mapping, space and subjectivity within a colonial and postcolonial context and issues of modernity and local agency. From 2009 to 2011, he was Director of the Centre for African Studies at UCT. Assoc Prof Garuba convenes the Honours stream in African Literature and Culture, and the courses Intellectuals of the African Liberation and Problematizing the Study of Africa. 

Ruth Nekura Lekakakeny (colloquium note taker)
Ruth Nekura is a feminist human rights lawyer from Kenya with six years’ experience working in varying contexts at national and African regional levels.  Her research, litigation and advocacy work focuses on the use of domestic, regional and international human rights legal frameworks specifically regarding women’s human rights with a focus on violence against women and girls, constitutionalism, and governance. Ruth holds an LLB degree from Moi University- Kenya, a Post Graduate Diploma in legal practice from the Kenya School of Law and an LLM in Human Rights Law from the University of Cape Town (UCT). She is currently pursuing her PhD and working as a part time research assistant at the Centre for Law and Society Research Unit, at the public law department, UCT.