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Kayla Van Der Byl, BFA Communication Design, Mapping Misogyny

Mapping Misogyny includes a book that examines the origins and effects of gender oppression in South Africa. It addresses abuse and violence against women that manifest as intrinsic, pervasive aspects of gender relations. Accompanying the book is a website that uncovers the perspectives of South African women throughout history. It offers an alternative form of remembering the country’s past by highlighting the contributions of women.

We are still a long way from mapping women’s position, both historically and presently, but my hope is that this project contributes to the conversation. Much must still be done to integrate these findings into our understanding of society. Overall, this project is a way to expose inequity and reveal virtue in South African society.

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