Author

 
Shireen Hassim

Shireen Hassim

Shireen Hassim is a professor of political studies at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), currently based at WISER (Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research). She has written and edited several books, including No Shortcuts to Power: African Women in Politics and Policy Making (Zed Books, 2003) and Go Home or Die Here: Violence, Xenophobia, and the Reinvention of Difference in South Africa (Wits University Press, 2008). Her book Women’s Organisations and Democracy in South Africa: Contesting Authority (University of Wisconsin Press, 2006) won the Victoria Shuck Award from the American Political Science Association. Her most recent book is The ANC Women’s League (Ohio University Press, 2014).
    Winnie Madikizela-Mandela: Revolutionary who kept the spirit of resistance alive
    Winnie Madikizela-Mandela: Revolutionary who kept the spirit of resistance alive
    No other woman – in life and after – occupies the place that Winnie Madikizela-Mandela does in South African politics. A stalwart of the African National Congress (ANC), she nevertheless...
    Why, a decade on, a new book on Zuma’s rape trial has finally hit home
    Why, a decade on, a new book on Zuma’s rape trial has finally hit home
    In 2007, barely a year after the man who went on to become South Africa’s president, Jacob Zuma, was acquitted on a charge of raping a young...
    'All the wives' become ANC gatekeepers
    'All the wives' become ANC gatekeepers
    Reading the history of a political organisation is an exercise in reading against powerful official narratives – powerful both in their capacity to...
    [From our archives] Women's rights: Will the real ANC please stand up?
    [From our archives] Women's rights: Will the real ANC please stand up?
    Perhaps we ought to be grateful that there was a gender discussion document among the package for the ANC policy conference at all.