Our #QuoteThisWoman+ database has close-on 300 voices now – and a significant number of our wonderful women are able to contribute to the debates around #YouthDay. Here’s a list…

Prof Deevia Bhana’s research focuses on gender, sexuality, race, class, culture and childhood and takes in poverty, wealth, violence and inequalities. She is Professor in Gender and Childhood Sexuality at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Dr Shakira Choonara is an award-winning public health researcher whose work spans universal health coverage, youth advocacy, health governance, gender equality, HIV, disability and malaria prevention. She is a member of the AU’s Youth Advisory Council. @ChoonaraShakira

Dr Hannah Dawson – @HannahJoburg – is a social science researcher whose interests include youth marginality and unemployment, the future of work, and new forms of social welfare in the Global South. She is a research fellow at the Society, Work and Politics Institute at Wits.

@staceyfru is a teenage South African international multiple award-winning author, philanthropist, activist and motivational speaker who was honoured at the World Youth Forum as one of five Most Promising African Youth.

Prof Lauren Graham, Director, the Centre for Social Development in Africa, is a development sociologist whose research interests are in the practical application and testing of social and development theories with a focus on youth, children and people with disabilities.

Lori Lake plays a leading role in the production of the South African Child Gauge, and the design and delivery of child rights courses for health and allied professionals. She advocates for the realisation of children’s rights within the health care system.

Tamara Mathebula is Chairperson of the Commission for Gender Equality. She’s been a lecturer of the Commonwealth Child and Youth Development Programme at Unisa and was the provincial Director for Planned Parenthood Association of South Africa and loveLife.

Nokhetho Mhlanga – @Khetho_M – is doing an MA in social and psychological research, focusing on child sexual offenders. Her areas of interest include #GBV, child sex offenders, social justice and community psychology. Mhlanga is a project manager at Plus94 Research.

Senzelwe Mthembu from the Centre for Social Development in Africa at UJ is interested in exploring how emerging industries could generate economic well-being, especially for young people.

Dr Nomsa Ntshingila is a co-founder of Agang Sechaba, a non-profit organization which aims to educate young people from youth-headed households to ensure they have an equal chance of competing in the job market.

Rabia Abba Omar studied at Stellenbosch University, where she was a member of the Open Stellenbosch movement and the #FeesMustFall protests. She was also a member of the Student Representatives Council and worked as a Student Assistant in the university’s Transformation Office.

Prof Leila Patel is Professor of Social Development Studies at UJ. Her research interests are in social welfare and social development with reference to social protection, gender and care, and children and youth.

@PearlPillay has been an activist for the better part of the last 10 years with experience in community development ranging from gender equality and environmental sustainability to worker’s rights and student politics. Pillay runs the research and policy component of Youth Lab.

Prof Nicky Roman – @nicoletteroman – has authored scholarly work on the themes of family resilience, youth development, parenting, monitoring and evaluation. She heads the Child and Family Studies Programme at the University of the Western Cape.

That’s a long list – but it’s not even a complete picture of people who can talk about issues affected the youth. DM us for access to the full list!

*Apologies to @PearlPillay – she is managing director at Youth Lab! Updates to our newsletter haven’t yet made it into the main database – but that will be rectified soon.