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Danielle Hoffmeester

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Danielle Hoffmeester is a Masters candidate in Political Studies at the University of the Western Cape. Until two years ago, her focus centred on issues of security and democracy, in particular how the use and/or threat of weapons of warfare impact on the stability of established and fledgling democracies. Since, her focus has shifted to political violence and gender studies. She currently acts as the Project Assistant for Gender Justice and Reconciliation at the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation in Cape Town, South Africa. She is a proud feminist, and dreams of a global society in which feminist ideals of justice, freedom and equality is realised.

Get the picture, tell the story

We rely more and more on pictures to tell the story. A text is often seen as superfluous and too heady. You’re also unlikely...

Gender-based violence — the voice of today’s youth

Danielle Hoffmeester and Jodi Williams, both work for the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation in Cape Town. They recently returned from doing a workshop...

The fluidity of Colouredness

The architects of apartheid classified people and segregated them to try an assert their supremacist attitudes. Their policies divided people and created animosity between...

Own your anger: Finding inspiration in Mam’ Winnie

Black women in particular face a multitude of racist and gendered oppressions in South Africa. Danielle Hoffmeester, reflecting on the life and death of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, argues that anger from black women is not only expected, but necessary. She believes that women need to begin to acknowledge the validity of their anger and translate it into positive action in the service of a non-racist, gender-just South Africa. 

It’s time to crush the stigma around mental illness

As many as one in six South Africans suffer from depression or anxiety. The number is probably far higher, with many not seeking help due to lack of information, lack of help, or fear of social stigma - an idea that must be stopped. Danielle Hoffmeester shares her personal experience in the hope of opening up and continuing very necessary national dialogue and to crush the stigma surrounding this common illness. 

Femme fatale – women in gangs

Conversations around gangsterism in South Africa tend to position women exclusively as victims. Danielle Hoffmeester takes a closer look at women in gangs and asks whether their role is limited, or whether female gang members could hold the key to dismantling gangs at large. 

The problem with becoming desensitised to crime

Crime affects all South Africans at every level of society, and yet instead of demanding change from our politicians and communities, we are becoming desensitised and accustomed to it. Danielle Hoffmeester shares her frustration of not knowing how to alleviate the problem when witnessing a crime. 

Why celebrate reconciliation when we’re failing at it?

For reconciliation to occur and be meaningful it must be accompanied by justice, a relinquishing of power and privilege, and of wealth, and according to Danielle Hoffmeester, it also requires will to share our spaces - something which South Africans are failing dismally at.

Why I roll my eyes at 16 Days of Activism

16 Days of Activism is insufficient and deeply problematic. It fails to change attitudes, to change practices and to address root causes of this societal scourge. Danielle Hoffmeester writes why she believes the campaign is nothing more than a poor political campaign.

How our society is grooming gangsters

In a society that lacks opportunity for the majority of South African youth, does the idealisation of the flashy gangster and prosperous thug life inspire young boys and men to adopt the attitudes and actions that will too, in their mind, help them overcome adversity and establish their place in society? Danielle Hoffmeester looks at the societal issues that lead to gangsterism. 

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The architects of apartheid classified people and segregated them to try an assert their supremacist attitudes. Their policies divided people and created animosity between...

How our society is grooming gangsters

In a society that lacks opportunity for the majority of South African youth, does the idealisation of the flashy gangster and prosperous thug life inspire young boys and men to adopt the attitudes and actions that will too, in their mind, help them overcome adversity and establish their place in society? Danielle Hoffmeester looks at the societal issues that lead to gangsterism. 

Femme fatale – women in gangs

Conversations around gangsterism in South Africa tend to position women exclusively as victims. Danielle Hoffmeester takes a closer look at women in gangs and asks whether their role is limited, or whether female gang members could hold the key to dismantling gangs at large. 

The problem with becoming desensitised to crime

Crime affects all South Africans at every level of society, and yet instead of demanding change from our politicians and communities, we are becoming desensitised and accustomed to it. Danielle Hoffmeester shares her frustration of not knowing how to alleviate the problem when witnessing a crime. 

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