Episode 2: Unpacking Patriarchy

What is Patriarchy and how does it manifest in our day to day lives?

Unpacking patriarchy and the insidious ways it has been built into our societal structures. We look at the different ways in which patriarchy manifests and harms not just women, but men as well.


  • Table Guest: Dr. Vashna Jagarnath - Senior Research Associate, Centre for Social Change, University of Johannesburg.
  • Elders Corner Guest: Barbara Masekela - Political Activist, Poet and educator
  • Allies Corner Guest: Prof. Kopano Ratele - Director, South African Medical Research Council Men, Injury and Violence Research Unit

Language Term

Patriarchy: Tsamaiso kakaretso ya setšhaba, e e fang banna marapo le maatla a go busa le go gatlaka basadi


  • The greatest external threat to women, and by extension humanity, is the growth and acceptance of a misogynistic, authoritarian and violent culture of militarism- Amina Mama
  • When a group has internalised their oppression, they may find themselves unable to imagine living without it - Malebo Sephodi
  • I know that I have the right to be free, and to do what I like. – Aminata Dieye
  • Having more feminists in government and public spaces would change thinking towards a better livelihood for all. – Asma’u Joda
  • I am trying to unlearn many lessons of gender I internalized while growing up. But I sometimes still feel vulnerable in the face of gender expectations. - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • There is no true social revolution without the liberation of women - Thomas Sankara

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