Palesa Lebitse

Palesa Lebitse is a liberal feminist who regularly writes for the M&G.

The complexity of sexual consent

Patients often pay deference to their physicians and can be taken advantage of in the sanctity of consulting rooms

Men keep taking their lives

They don’t seek help for medical problems in general and when they suffer from depression, it can be fatal

Yes, men can be harassed too

The issue of abuse of power, contrary to how it is often tackled, is not just about gender

Domestic abuse isn’t only by men

Women also abuse men, siblings abuse siblings, parents abuse children and it’s all bad

Sexual violation: Education institutions need a law of their own

Many students seem unaware of policies and lack the knowledge to name sexual violations as such

Women’s rights must include land rights

Women around the world tell a similar tale of tilling the land and producing food but being denied secure rights to land

Underage, marginalised, married

The phenomenon of child brides amounts to state-sanctioned statutory rape

Figureheads won’t help women

It takes political mobilisation, education, laws and economic opportunities

We need our foreign doctors

Yet these skilled professionals are discriminated against by their colleagues

It’s not just a woman thing

Postpartum depression in men is real and it may be linked to testosterone levels

Trans people have regrets too

The uproar over research about those who rue having a surgical transition obscures real issues

Rape myths inflict more harm on victims

Sexual assault survivors are silenced by societal prejudice, lack of support from their community or family, secondary trauma and rape myths.

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Introducing Greening the Future 2020

We highlight the work of those accelerating sustainable living in SA – at a vital moment for the environment

Western Cape SMBs look to technology to get them through pandemic

Many companies have over-capitalised on IT infrastructure in the past, and are looking for ways to access simpler, cheaper technology that cuts their costs

Land reform still a hot potato

The land has got to belong to all the people of South Africa, and many believe that there’s no other mechanism for that except expropriation

UP chemical pathology scientists develop ground-breaking nanobodies for Covid-19 detection and therapy

Nanobodies are smaller than conventional antibodies and easier to work with so they are ideal for good cheap sensitive rapid tests for Covid-19

Inclusion as learned experience in higher education

Understanding the complexity of intersections between oppressions relating to race and gender is key to any commitment to creating a culture of inclusion and social justice

Local government in crisis: how it can be fixed

Local governments are supposed to promote non-racial development, in a decentralised manner, but the reality does not match up

Covid-19 accelerates adoption of technology by the African property sector

It’s not the technology itself that is valuable, it’s the opportunities that it creates: this may be the perfect time for reinvention