Episode 4: Religion And Patriarchy - Effects Of Patriarchy

What role does Religion play in perpetuating patriarchy?

Whilst our constitution protects every human being irrespective of race, religion, sexual identity and orientation, our culture(s) and religions have a long way to go in catching up. Pastor, clinical psychologist and sangoma, Anele Siswana, joins the conversation on the intersections of religion, african spirituality and patriarchy. Ntsako discovers what peoples perspectives are on the ground on the problematic issues of Proverbs 31, and we are in discussion with Dr Miranda Pillay who speaks on interpretations of the bible; answering the question around what value there is in maintaining a religious system that excludes so many people?


  • Table Guest: Anele Siswana, Clinical Psychologist and Spiritualist
  • Elders Corner Guest: Dr Miranda Pillay, Theo-ethical feminist and biblical scholar
  • Allies Corner Guest: Mthetho Tshemese, Clinical Psychologist 

Language Term

Nonbinary (gender nonconforming): “Motho o tebego ya gagwe e sa netefatseng bong ba gagwe”


  • Democracy cannot long endure with the head of a God and the tail of a   demon. Josephine Silone Yates
  • And what would our ideas of God, of religion, be like if they had come to us through the minds of women? - Tom Robbins
  • Minister to the world in a way that can change it. Minister radically in a real, active, practical, get your hands dirty way. -  Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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