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Prof. Amanda Gouws on her appointment as the SARCHI Chair in Gender at the University of Stellenbosch

The South African Association of Political Studies wishes to congratulate Prof. Amanda Gouws on her appointment as the SARCHI Chair in Gender at the University of Stellenbosch.

Prof Amanda Gouws was awarded a SARCHi Chair in Gender Politics from 1January 2016.

The Chair's work will be composed of three research programmes from which students can choose to do Research:

Policy Areas

The following policies will be singled out for research:

  • Family policy (eg the White Paper on Families)
  • Reproductive Health
  • Gender Based Violence
  • Poverty alleviation

One of the aims of this type of research is to make recommendations to policy makers regarding the impact of these policies on women and whether women benefit from them and how.

Linking research to the representation of women

In this regard greater attention will be paid to substantive and symbolic representation because it is in these areas that there is a caveat regarding research in South Africa.  The theories of representation will be linked to studies of women in parliament, and in the National Gender Machineries (that includes the Minister of Women in the Presidency and the Commission for Gender Equality), as well as party women's leagues to give us a better understanding how women contribute to symbolic or substantive representation.

Linking research on women's movements to women's mobilization

Here students can study the mobilization of women through civil society organizations and how mobilization is linked to recognition and redistribution and how agenda setting occurs through women's or men's organizations and to what extent there is a relationship between women in the state (also called state feminism) and women in civil society/grassroots women.

The Chair is funded by the NRF. Students who are interested in applying for a MA or PhD scholarship to do research  on women's representation in government, or women's mobilization, or gender policy issues should send their student records and an abstract about their research interest to Prof Gouws at ag1@sun.ac.za by 15 December 2015.