Mary Hames - 10/5/15

Who We Are

Who We Are

Mary HamesMary Hames is the Director of the Gender Equity Unit at the University of the Western Cape.  She holds an MPhil in Southern African Political Studies and is currently pursuing her doctorate in Women and Gender Studies. Her interest includes women's and sexual rights and she has written and spoken on these subjects on different platforms.

"Women and Feminism in Post-Apartheid Narratives: Silences and Possibilities"

Feminist thought and activism are intrinsically part of the history and fabric of the South African liberation struggle. In this lecture I make the connection between women as actual and metaphorical prisoners during and after the demise of apartheid. I then address particular moments of feminist euphoria shortly after the first democratic election in 1994 and I reflect on how women's and feminist advances have stealthily been eroded as the democracy matured. I illuminate the paradoxes of silences versus hypervisibility of women and raise the challenges and possibilities for revitalising feminist intellectual activism.

Nittany Lion Inn, Board Room 1
6:00-7:30 p.m.