Boys / Gender / Girls / Inequality

South African researchers release a study on how South African families think about gender (in)equality at home

Here is a journal article on how South African parents and children talk about and do gender and gender equality at home. The researchers visited families to hear how parents and children talk with each about equality, masculinity and femininities. Parents were asked questions such as ‘Do you think there should be a difference in … Continue reading

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Why Over 36 000 School-Girls Fell Pregnant in 2010 and What To Do About It

Last year I wrote on the South African National Department of Basic Education’s Report on the ‘2009-2010 Annual Surveys for Ordinary Schools’ in the post “Wouldn’t it Make Girls’ Lives Happier and Richer if We Gave Boys an Education That Makes Them More Caring About Girls’ Aspirations”. The 2010-2011 Schools Report was released at the … Continue reading

African / Boys / Children / Gender / Girls / Men / Women

Man, Show Your Daughter that Women Don’t Need Men to Move their Furniture

How does an African man prove to his daughter that women don’t need men to move their furniture? Actually, I don’t know. Do you? The blogger at Hope Avenue doesn’t say anything about African men. But it has something new African men can think of when thinking about their daughters, and may even sons. They can learn that … Continue reading

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Big News for African Women and Men: South Africa’s Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka Appointed as Head of UN Women

Above all, let’s get this right: a concern about the state of African manhood and boyhood does not mean ignoring the realities, struggles, and achievements of black women and girls. Certainly the opposite. Definitely not here at New African Men. Fact is we share in the realities under which African women, even though too often African women … Continue reading

Blacks / Boys / Children / Feminist / Girls / Masculinity / Men / Race

What Does a Man Need to Teach his Son to Prepare for Manhood in Tomorrow’s South Africa?

In a highly unequal society where sexual and gender violence is a daily experience and a high number of black men die in the prime of the lives, what does a man teach his son to prepare for manhood? Many more South African black men just fail, or get failed, dying on their feet. Adding to the … Continue reading

Wouldn’t it Make Girls’ Lives Happier and Richer if We Gave Boys an Education That Makes Them More Caring About Girls’ Aspirations
Blacks / Boys / Children / Feminist / Girls / Masculinity / Men / Race / Women

Wouldn’t it Make Girls’ Lives Happier and Richer if We Gave Boys an Education That Makes Them More Caring About Girls’ Aspirations

What’s up with all this attention and resources given to boys and masculinities, an associate and the head of a non-governmental organisation (NGO) said to me a few months ago after I informed her about a talk on boys I was preparing to give a few days afterwards?    The person who asked me this, … Continue reading