College of Human Sciences

365 days of living in fear for SA women

Domestic violence increased during the 2020 national lockdown, which is concerning considering that the number of women killed by intimate male partners in the country is already four times the global average, writes Prof Nokuthula Mazibuko, Head of Unisa's Institute for Gender Studies.
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Play your part in curbing road tragedy

As the festive season looms, Prof Ashley van Niekerk from Unisa's Institute for Social and Health Sciences reminds South Africans that alcohol intoxication continues to be the leading factor of road accidents locally and globally. He says general vigilance is required for both daylight and night-time driving.
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Reviewing statistics on GBV Speak up for those who cannot!

The Unisa Institute of Gender Studies says that domestic violence, femicides, and sexual abuse are not rare occurrences. Many countries, including South Africa, have reported an alarming increase in these incidents since the Covid-19 pandemic started spreading globally earlier this year. #16DaysOfActivism #UnisaAgainstGBV #EndGBV Read more

What by-elections in South Africa say

Local government elections have demonstrated that, despite the Covid-19 pandemic disruptions, the democratic basics are healthy. The opposition is becoming more diverse and fluid—and the possibility of coalition governments at local level is increasing, writes Unisa’s Professor Dirk Kotzé in The Conversation. Read more

What South African women told us about being the main breadwinner

Although society portrays a woman who earns a living as free and empowered, outdated values and stereotypes still promote discrimination against female breadwinners, writes Unisa's Dr Bianca Parry. Read more

A need to bridge the gap between traditional and new media

The National Press Club, in partnership with Unisa and the Qoboza family, hosted the 10th Annual Percy Qoboza Memorial Lecture virtually. Press Ombudsman Pippa Green posed the question: "Why journalism matters. The challenges have changed but has its core purpose?" Read more

How embroidery broke the silence around women's apartheid trauma

Puleng Segalo, professor of Psychology at Unisa, says that more communities could use art forms to confront gendered societal challenges. Individual and collective artistic expression can play a role in the attainment of a just society - and it deserves more attention. Read more

I-SET robotics in Sepedi…and Xitsonga coming soon

Dr Napjadi Letsoalo, lecturer in Unisa's Department of Linguistics and Modern Languages, commemorated Heritage Day on Thobela FM, where he was interviewed on Ditlalemeso on the use of language to preserve culture and heritage.
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It's time for Africa

The Global WordNet Association has announced that the 11th International Global WordNet Conference will be held in January 2021 in Pretoria, a continental first. Unisa's Department of African Languages in the College of Human Sciences will form part of the local organising committee.
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Covid-19 not slowing down this quality assurance unit

Prof Nampombe Saurombe, Head of Academic QA and Enhancement in the College of Human Sciences at Unisa, says the programme review of the BA Honours degree in Archaeology by a panel of external reviewers - done virtually for the first time - was a success. Read more