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Overcoming gender and race inequality in the business sector

Mahadi Buthelezi drew attention to the gender pay gap during a 10 September webinar that advocated for greater gender equality for women. South African...

The Mozambican bishop on the frontline of a humanitarian crisis

Armed insurgency has created a humanitarian crisis in northern Mozambique. The Catholic Church in the Diocese of Pemba — under the leadership of Bishop...

Church and civil society need collaboration to end gender-based violence

August is Women's Month in South Africa. Mahadi Buthelezi says that it is impossible to speak about freedom for women without first eradicating the...

A call for women to use their privilege to uplift others

Women's Day on 9 August recalls the 1956 Women's March on the Union Buildings to protest the apartheid laws. Mahadi Buthelezi challenges the women...

What a Sudanese girl taught me about Saint Maria Goretti

The life and death of Saint Maria Goretti is often told as a warning against giving in to sexual pleasure. Levinia Pienaar relates an experience during her time as an African-Union United Nations peacekeeper in Sudan, reflecting on this in the light of her experience of catechesis in her childhood parish. Her experience brings home the stark reality that girls and women are powerless to fend off their attackers.

Timely reading: “Why I’m no longer talking to white people about race” by Reni Eddo-Lodge

The ongoing protests in the United States in response to the police killing of George Floyd and discrimination against Black people has prompted an...

The future for 19,000 released prisoners

On 8 May, Justice and Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola announced that 19 000 low-risk inmates will receive early parole in efforts to decongest...

A crisis of possibilities

The COVID-19 public emergency in South Africa and the world has spurred individuals, communities and governments to support each other in unprecedented acts of...

Homelessness and COVID-19: the miracle of Tshwane

The media reporting of hastily-cobbled plans to provide shelters for South Africa's homeless people mostly focused on the failings of the initiatives. Stephan de...

Social justice: food poverty and affordability during COVID-19

As the lockdown progresses, the poor are the hardest hit. At the best of times, their ability to buy food is based daily or...

Restorative justice as a response to theft, fraud and corruption charges

The Zondo Commission's hearings into state capture appear to be never ending, prompting calls for other creative ways to ensure that the perpetrators make...

The social isolation of homeless persons: creating communities of care

Isolation is a new experience for many of us. For the homeless it is a constant way of life. Their social isolation places them...

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