oa African Yearbook of Rhetoric - Rhetoric and gender mainstreaming in South African justice

Volume 1, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 2220-2188
  • E-ISSN: 2305-7785



The South African 'miracle' and the new democratic State was applauded by the International Community and came into being burdened with a variety of inequalities and imbalances which it had to overcome in order to achieve the entrenchment and consolidation of democracy. Women realized they had to promptly find their voice and carve out an identity at the dawn of the new democratic political order. Since most African nations have thanked women for their participation in liberation and promptly sent them back to the kitchen, South African women have had to work hard to actualise the promises made by the male leaders of the democracy movement. Indeed, they have continued to redefine leadership, feminism and power on their own terms and in their own cultural contexts.

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