Women's rights and lesbian rights

SOURCE: Perspectives: Political Analyses and Commentary from Africa
OUTPUT TYPE: Journal Article
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2010
TITLE AUTHOR(S): N.Sanger
KEYWORDS: IDENTITY, LESBIANS, SEXUAL BEHAVIOUR, WOMEN'S RIGHTS
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 6593
HANDLE: 20.500.11910/4022

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Abstract

A belief among some is that the South African women's movement is fragmented and weak. Gouws notes for instance that a demobilised women's movement cannot hold the state to account, or enforce a feminist-centred discourse into state politics. This article, while not focused on engaging the state, explores the dynamics of this 'fragmented' women's movement; the 'politics' and philosophies that underlie and drive the activism towards gender equality. In this article, I consider the principles and contexts that govern non-governmental organisations (NGOs) set up to protect women's rights, as well as those defined by an agenda that aims to protect the non-normative gender identities of lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersexed (LBTI) women in South Africa.