Since its inception in the 1980s Khanya College has been committed to women’s liberation. This occurred as part of the anti-Apartheid struggle and continued in the post Apartheid period with gender training for the Civil Associations of Johannesburg in 1992, the national gender programme with SACCAWU in the mid 1990s, and the focus on women’s position within the social movements and the effects of neoliberalism and casualisation on women in the 2000s. Khanya’s commitment to women’s emancipation informs the formation of the Women’s Centre– Setsi sa Mosadi.Read more...
Black women make up the majority of the unemployed in South Africa. Most of those who work access work in the informal sector, in low paid insecure jobs as domestics, caregivers and sex workers. In many cases families’ sole income is a state grant, and there is a daily struggle for food security. Violence and abuse against women and children is widespread, another indication of inequality and women’s location within society.
Khanya’s ‘Setsi sa Mosadi’ is a resource where women can find support for their individual needs through amongst others, cultural, educational, awareness raising, advice and counseling. This could simply be a tranquil place to read and to write, or a place to discuss problems and ideas with other women. The centre will also provide support for women’s collectives, for organisations and campaigns, to resist and in solidarity to realise that another world is possible.
Objectives of the Women's Centre
Khanya’s aims with the Women’s Centre are:
* To build women’s leadership and activism within the social movements.
* To develop a self-conscious layer of women activists, and the building of women’s organisations.
* To empower and strengthen women to take up the issues they face by themselves.
* To enable women to tackle issues in their own environments i.e. in their organisations, movements and communities.
* To build networks with other organisations.
* To support & strengthen women’s organisations
Activities of the Women’s Centre
The activities of the Centre include:
Advice/basic counselling on a broad range of issues.
Education/awareness raising activities by making sure that information is available in the centre through resources.
Campaign & advocacy – Support the campaigns of women, foster women’s activism and build a women’s movement.
Training – Organise informal and formal training in support of women’s needs.
Build networks, alliances, partnerships with other organisations with the aim of enhancing our work and learning about best practices. Khanya College already works in close partnerships with innercity organisations such as Black Sash and the Center for Applied Legal Studies (CALS).
To strengthen research and writing, document women’s struggles, and encourage women to tell their own stories in a safe and inspiring way that will assist in facilitating social change.