So you want to go on a writing residency?

In just a few weeks I'll be heading to my third writing residency in Nerac, France. I can't tell you how much I look forward to residencies for the dedicated and selfish time of writing. At home it feels like there are a million things that distract me and pull me away from it, and… Continue reading So you want to go on a writing residency?

Dear new parliamentarians,

Congratulations. You have been given the honour of serving your country, and serving its people. Very few people get this chance to make laws that change lives, change lived realities, give or take away access to justice and health and safety. Yours is a job that comes with extreme power. I hope you use that… Continue reading Dear new parliamentarians,

10 tips on marriage

Yesterday my husband and I celebrated ten months married. When you read that you might be laughing at the fact that I'm dishing out advice like a seasoned married person - don't worry, I'm laughing with you. Last month I had the honour of being asked to speak at my uncle's wedding. He asked me… Continue reading 10 tips on marriage

South Africa hates women – are you fine with that?

This morning I'm sitting with a heavy heart. The past years months weeks have been full of news that would make even the unobservant reader realise that South Africa is not a country for women. On paper we are equal. Yet, in the day to day, we are living with the constant threat that we… Continue reading South Africa hates women – are you fine with that?

What would a world where women weren’t harassed look like?

This morning I finished reading Jessica Valenti's Memoir┬áSex Object. The book is a collection of personal reflections on topics such as street harassment, abortion, drug use, sex, and child raising. Throughout, it explores the way that the world treats women, casting them as objects for men's comment, pleasure, and enjoyment. It also explores the very… Continue reading What would a world where women weren’t harassed look like?