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Taxi tales - Cape Town taxi drivers speak about feminism
Amanda Atwood, Kubatana.net
December 15, 2008

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From 12-15 November, the Kubatana team was in Cape Town, South Africa for the AWID 2008 Forum. During their stay, they spoke with taxi drivers about feminism, women in politics and violence against women. Here are some of their comments.

Women in politics

Many of the taxi drivers spoke highly of Cape Town's Mayor, Helen Zille. They were impressed with the work she is doing for the city, and also cited her as an example of the steps South Africa has taken towards equality for women. However, one driver admitted that some men have problems with a successful woman. A female taxi driver, however, was less impressed with Zille. She said she had to protect herself - the government would not protect her.

Violence against women

Drivers acknowledged violence against women as a problem. But they offered different causes for it, including male attitudes towards women, women dressing provocatively, and South Africa's lenient justice system. One taxi driver complained that when a woman reports violence, the government is more supportive of her than of the accused.


Audio File

  • Impressed
    Summary:
    Language: English
    Duration: 45sec
    Date: November 13, 2008
    File Type: MP3
    Size: 713KB

  • Equality for women
    Summary:
    Language: English
    Duration: 47sec
    Date: November 12, 2008
    File Type: MP3
    Size: 734KB

  • Successful woman
    Summary:
    Language: English
    Duration: 1min 08sec
    Date: November 12, 2008
    File Type: MP3
    Size: 1.04MB

  • Protect herself
    Summary:
    Language: English
    Duration: 1min 05sec
    Date: November 13, 2008
    File Type: MP3
    Size: 1MB

  • Male attitudes
    Summary:
    Language: English
    Duration: 57sec
    Date: November 12, 2008
    File Type: MP3
    Size: 899KB

  • Dressing provocatively
    Summary:
    Language: English
    Duration: 43sec
    Date: November 13, 2008
    File Type: MP3
    Size: 675KB

  • Lenient justice system
    Summary:
    Language: English
    Duration: 43sec
    Date: November 13, 2008
    File Type: MP3
    Size: 669KB

  • Complained
    Summary:
    Language: English
    Duration: 10sec
    Date: November 13, 2008
    File Type: MP3
    Size: 162KB

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