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8 Real Women Discuss The Future Of Feminism In South Africa

Wearing fall’s best fashion, they talk about modern life in Durban.

Photographer Geordie Wood
August 11, 2015
“Things have changed for women. We do what men do. I feel like we’re independent now, more than before. We make our own money. We don’t depend on men.” —Zamazee Ikalana, 25
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Sweater GAP, turtleneck Topshop Unique.  
“To be a modern women in Durban is about not being afraid to be who you want to be, and not being too influenced by the Western world. I haven’t come across many feminists here. I think they’re highly sensitive about it in America, though.” — Kyra Moon Halfpenny, 27
“There are some cultural traditions that I’ve left behind. Gender inequality—that’s my main thing. I even fight with my dad about it.” —Zime Msoni, 20
“Women have always been undermined, so they’re given first preference now when considered for jobs. There’s a push for equality, especially among young black women, because we’re doubly disadvantaged.” —Sane Lisiee Ndabezitha, 25
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“I’ve got so many opportunities. I can do whatever I want. Everything is in my hands.” —Queen, 23
“I try to empower women. I talk to young girls and become their big sister when it comes to figuring out what they want to do. But I wouldn’t really call myself a feminist.” —Nomhle Mtshali, 25
“Being a modern woman means independence. Respect yourself. Know what you want in the future. And, yeah, be trendy.” —Nolwazi Lekuba, 19