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Prof. Shahana Rasool - Vice President, ASSWA

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Name: Shahana Rasool

Email: shahanar@uj.ac.za

Position: Vice President, ASSWA

Affiliation and Position (other than ASSWA): 

  • IASSW Board Member Representing Africa Region
  • Head of Department of Department of social work at university of Johannesburg

Membership of organizations (other than ASSWA):


Educational Qualification/s: (Degrees):

  • D Phil. from the department of Social Work and Social Policy, University of Oxford, UK, Dissertation Title: “Help-seeking by Abused Women in South Africa”.
  • Comparative Social Research, in the Social Policy Department. University of Oxford, Dissertation Title: “Race, Gender and Social Security: A Critique of the Impact of Social Security on African Women in South Africa”

Languages written and spoken:

English and Afrikaans:

Interest Areas (social work teaching, research and practice):

Gender based violence, domestic violence, gender attitudes, adolescent exposure to domestic violence, help-seeking, feminism, Gender, transformation, decoloniality,

Current Activities (social work teaching, research, practice, others):

  • Current research is focused on the relationship between gender attitudes and exposure gender based violence in South Africa. I am also working with Prof. Sunday on a comparative study between South Africa and Nigeria on gender attitudes and exposure to gender based violence.
  • Supervising 15 post-graduate students (masters and doctoral students on various stories related to gender based violence, gender issues in general and domestic violence).
  • Teaching social issues first year and masters.
  • Teaching Masters theory and research.