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We Need To Talk


WeNeedToTalkIn 2015-16 Tshwaranang is hosting 6 conversations as part of the series, “We Need to Talk…” which aims to facilitate thought provoking conversations that will traverse contentious, challenging and critical issues that are important and relevant to women.  



 “We Need To Talk… about culture, religion, tradition & gender based violence"

We invite you to join us in a conversation about the relationship between culture, religion, tradition and gender based violence in South Africa.

Gender based violence (GBV) crosses all levels of society including political, economic and social structures. It is recognized that the causes of GBV are complex and not associated with one single factor but attributed to an interaction between individual, relationship, social, cultural and environmental factors. (WHO 2012)  Whilst it is a complex relationship between these factors, we would like to focus on the relationship between culture, religion, traditions and gender based violence.  


South Africa is a diverse country with many cultures, religions and traditions, often perceptions are that culture, religion and traditions relegate the status of women in society. We would like to explore this question and understand the extent to which cultures, religions and traditions can play a positive role in enhancing gender equality and combating violence against women.


“Are we using culture, religion and tradition to condone GBV?” “Does culture and tradition perpetuate GBV?” “What role can traditional and religious leaders play in combating the scourge?” 


You are invited to explore questions such as these at the next “We Need to Talk… about Culture; Religion; Tradition & Gender Based Violence”



Date        : Friday 14th October 2016
Venue :

San Kopano Community Centre

Cnr 12th Avenue and Selborne Street

Alexandra, Sandton

Time     : Breakfast will be served between 08:00 and 08:30am
08:30am – 10:30am  conversation and panel discussion



To confirm your attendance e-mail us at tshwaranang@tlac.org.za  or by calling (011) 403- 4267

RSVP’s to reach us by no later than  Wednesday, 12th October 2016


Speakers at past events include:

 Sakina Mohamed, People Opposing Women Abuse                             ‘The National Network on Gender Based Violence’           
 Dianne Massawe, Sex Workers Education Advocacy Taskforce 'The Sex Workers movement for equality and decriminalisation'
 Zama Ndlovu, National Planning Commission Secretariat & Independent writer 'Why we need a women's movement' 
 Thandiwe Zulu, Regional Manager, Black Sash Black Sash, who are we today and where are we going’
Lisa Vetten, Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research 'The history of women's movements and feminism today in South Africa'
Portia Kobue, Executive Producer of Interface, SABC 2 Conversation Moderator

“We Need to talk…” is a series of challenging and thought provoking conversations, sponsored by the MTN SA Foundation as part of their commitment towards raising awareness of gender based violence against women and children in South Africa.




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