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Playing games with women’s rights

August 9, 2015


Every year as August dawns there is an annual media ritual in South Africa about women’s rights and, on August 9, national Women's Day, a positive rash of declarations. But this year there was great irony in the media murmurings about national “Women’s Month” being eclipsed by news of the awarding of the 2022 winter Olympics to Beijing. And not only because China has a hardly sterling record for human as well as women’s rights.

The forgotten legacy of workers’ Olympics

August 10, 2012


Once again, as the summer Olympiad comes to an end, the Ganes are shrouded in some very modern myths that ignore their real origins — and fail to give credit where credit is due. Much of the credit for the fact that women now compete and that men and women from every background are generally included on the basis of ability alone, goes to the labour movement, mainly in Europe, but also in the United States.