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- ItemExploring how women’s social capital in rural areas can inform the development of policy as a source of agency for empowerment(African Consortium of Public Administration (ACPA), 2019) Teleki, M.; Pillay, PregalaThis article argues that social capital for purposes of women’s empowerment is important for developing policies that are aimed to uplift women and communities in rural areas. It is widely known that South Africa has entrenched notions of gender equality and women’s empowerment in constitutional law. The authors will illustrate the disjuncture between law and policy pertaining to the empowerment of women in rural areas of South Africa. This disjuncture could have a negative impact on the prospects of development for women who reside in rural areas of South Africa. The argument advanced is that the strengthening of policy for women’s empowerment in rural South Africa should be in tandem with the Constitution. In doing so, framing policy on women’s empowerment in South Africa should be strengthened with reference to the existing social capital held by women in rural areas. In other words, the enablement that comes with shared values and norms within women’s networks should inform policy as an agency for the empowerment of women in rural South Africa. This article is written at a time when South Africa goes through law reform on land and property rights, which have an effect on women who reside in rural areas. It will therefore speak to the type of policy that needs to be developed, referencing social capital in order to give effect to women’s empowerment in rural areas.
- ItemThe polemics of gender equality and cultural diversity in a multicultural setting : a South African case study(African Consortium of Public Administration (ACPA), 2018-12) Pillay, P.; Teleki, M.This article aims to unpack the polemics associated with advancing gender equality through law and policy, while simultaneously advancing cultural diversity in a country where there are not only variant cultures but where the cultures themselves are multiple in nature. Part of the exploration in this article centres on the co-existence of gender equality (through law, policies and programmes), and the promotion of cultural diversity (through law and policies), in a country such as South Africa. The aspect of equality arises from the need to balance out power in order to eradicate the dominance of one gender towards the other. This is partly why, in some non-western countries, cultural practices and beliefs systems prevail amidst gender equality laws or policies. The implication here is that even though the laws on gender equality may exist as an ideal aspiration, the promotion of cultural diversity could present a conflict between cultural practices and gender equality. Given this context, this article will explore the politics, challenges and tensions of advancing laws and policies on gender equality within a domestic environment that promotes cultural diversity in a multi-cultural setting.