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University administrators sideline gender research units

This is the second of two articles examining the state of gender and sexuality research funding. The first detailed the impact of the shortage of funding on gender and sexuality research in South Africa.

Gender and sexuality studies are not funded as well as other disciplines in South African universities, writes Sean Wang.

In 2013 the University of Pretoria hung a sign on the website of the Institute of Women’s and Gender Studies saying it will be dormant for two years. The institute had hoped to re-open within that period but the university administration “decided unilaterally to close the institute” after the resignation of its director, Elaine Salo.

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