SABC 2 launches new talk show on feminism

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Kgomotso Matsunyane is one of the hosts of the new show.
Kgomotso Matsunyane is one of the hosts of the new show.
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It’s a show for women to express their feminism, unapologetically.

The newest show on SABC 2, It’s a Feminist Thing, is an 8-part show produced by the Soul City Institute.

The talk show, which was launched on Thursday evening, is one all women can identify with and men can learn from.

It will delve into the way women love, support and empower one another.

SABC 2 Programme Manager, Jacqui Hlongwane, says one of the biggest objectives of the show is to educate.

"I hope It’s A Feminist Thing' will go some way to inform and educate South Africans, particularly men, who are the main perpetrators of violence against women. Families, friends and the general public also have a responsibility to make this kind of violence totally unacceptable.”

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The show will be hosted by Phinah Kodisang, Kgomotso Matsunyane, Thando Gumede and Nyiko Shikwambane.

These women have been described as by the Soul City Institute as “an intergenerational group of fiery intersectional feminists who tackle old and deeply-rooted systems of power that cut across custom, class, culture, politics, and religion.”

In a statement sent to Drum, the Soul City Institute says the show was inspired by the outcry that came from different sectors when women in different movements such as #TheTotalShutdown and the #SandtonShutdown stood up after East London teenager and UCT student Uyinene Mrwetyana was tortured, raped and murdered in a post-office in August 2019.

“The talk show is inspired by women’s rage and the uprising of young women galvanised into action by the low-grade civil war being waged on the bodies of women, girls and gender-non-conforming people,” the statement reads in part.

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Kgomotso, who is a veteran broadcaster, says they want to spark conversations and debates in people’s homes long after the show has gone off air.

“There’s nothing quite like it on TV”, she says.

“We hope that the audience will engage with the issues in a meaningful way that will enable us to find lasting solutions that will make a difference in the ordinary lives of South African women."

The show will air on Sunday at 18h00.

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