IWHC’s Leadership Council hosted a luncheon on Wednesday, September 30, featuring  Sisonke Msimang, a columnist for the Daily Maverick and IWHC board member.  She discussed gender equality, race, and activism for women’s rights in South Africa with IWHC President Françoise Girard.

Msimang spoke at length about how women’s rights and gender equality were overshadowed by the much larger, stronger movement for racial harmony. “It used to be such a boys-only club,” she said. “It was such a deeply sexist society.”

She also reflected on the disconnect between South Africa’s laws and policies, which are considered among the best in the world for women’s rights, and the reality that the country suffers extremely high levels of gender-based violence.

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