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2018: A YEAR IN REVIEW | TRANSFORMATION
and cisgendered women’s voices and
needs.”
Education is one way of changing
the world, Phakeng said, adding that
she was proud of the role models
UCT offered young women. Citing
positive trends among the student
and staff demographics, she said
women were finding their place on
the UCT ladder.
“Most importantly, we must ensure
nobody is held back just because
of their race, gender or sexual
orientation.”
Successful women, she said, had
all received a gift from their mothers,
sisters, grandmothers, aunts and their
role models at school and during the
struggle.
“That gift is the belief that they
have something special to contribute;
that they have talents and skills
they can develop to reach their full
potential. That they can get where
they want to be. That is what I want
every UCT student and staff member
to know.
“As a university, as researchers and
teachers, we can also give this gift
to the world: creating opportunities
for more of us, for more kinds of us,
to have a voice. Women in positions
of power and leadership have a
responsibility to do the kinds of
things that will build up our collective
womanhood.
“I am committing UCT to that
responsibility.”
views of gender in South Africa and
give us new insights into ourselves
and others in different communities”.
The awards are up to R1.5 million a
year for five years and are aimed at
three areas of research.
The first, “Scholarship for womxn
by womxn”, focuses on areas of study
where women are under-represented.
“The idea here is to grow the
number of women in areas of study
where women are in short supply. It’s
important that women are visible in
all areas of study and not only areas
of study that have to do with women
issues,” she said.
The second, “Scholarship for
womxn by womxn on womxn”, is for
research in an area that focuses on
women’s issues and can include the
intersection of gender with other
marginalised identities.
The third, “Scholarship on reimagining gender”, will support
research on transgender or
nonconforming gender issues.
“These are people whose identities
are outside the gender binaries many
people are used to. We need to stop
pretending that those people don’t
exist, and queerness is not African.
“As researchers and teachers,
we can create the space for more
women’s voices to be heard – for
their own advancement and for the
advancement of others, to influence
government policy and to help us
learn how to make room for trans-
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