Event: Developing Court Models in South Africa


The Centre for Law and Society (UCT) in partnership with the Rape Survivors’ Justice Campaign takes great pleasure in inviting you to the panel on Developing Relevant Models for Specialised Sexual Offences Courts in South Africa.
The event will be presented under the CLS Hub, which aims to offer supportive spaces for engaged debates around critical socio-legal issues, and regularly hosts events, targeted at students, activists, academics and legal practitioners, that engage with critical issues in law and society.
The panelists will be Lisa Vetten (WITS City Institute), Aisling Heath (Gender Health and Justice Research Unit, UCT) and Karen Hollely (The Child Witness Institute). They will be presenting a summary of findings from their recent research on the sexual offences courts for an audience in which stakeholders from within the criminal justice system will be invited to play an active role when it comes to question time. The audience will also comprise Western Cape based NGO partners and activists as well as students and academics.
The event details are as follows:
Date: 26 April 2018
Time: 5:30 for 6:00 pm
Venue: Kramer Lecture Theatre 2, Level 2, Wilfred and Jules Kramer Law Building
Register for free and RSVP for catering at

Event: Yes Lorde! A tribute to Audre Lorde

Calling all radicals,activists, irreverents and academics to honour the 20th anniversary of the passing of Audre Lorde; a black lesbian, feminist, poet, mother, activist, lover and survivor who pioneered fighting societal oppression on every front. 
YES LORDE! A TRIBUTE TO AUDRE LORDE takes the form of an outdoor picnic set to create an intersectional space to engage, have dialogue and share views on Queers, Feminism, Gender equality and Activism. Our goal is to have a fun, diverse and robust experience that hears everyone’s views.
On the panel;
  • Zandi Sherman – MA Sociology Student at UCT.
  • Busisiwe Ncane Deyi – cisgender queer feminist/transfeminist.
  • Tiffany Kagure Mugo – Feminist & founder of HOLAAfrica
  • Sian Ferguson – Feminist Writer
On poetry;
On some music;
We’re also having a book exchange. Bring a book on any of the following subjects;
  • Queer
  • Feminism
  • Gender
and get another one on any of the above subjects.
Admission: R20 (with a book to exchange) or R40.
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Support Walk: South Africa

Walk Digital PosterWalk: South Africa is a performance piece created by a group of women artists living in Cape Town, in response to Maya Krishna Rao’s The Walk. Rao crafted The Walk as a response to the gang-rape and murder of 23 year old Jyoti Pandey who was repeatedly raped and bludgeoned with an iron rod by 6 men on a bus in Delhi in December 2012. We decided, with Rao’s permission, to create Walk: South Africa in early 2013, as a response to the gang-rape and murder of Anene Booysen.

Our vision for Walk: South Africa is centred around a sparse aesthetic that foregrounds the figure of the woman. Its focus is very much on the six women performers and considering the unavoidable, physical fact of their bodies – a fact which we understand rape culture to seek to obfuscate or erase.
Venue: The Dragon Room, 84 Harrington Street, Cape Town
25 September 2014 at 22.00
26 September 2014 at 22.00
27 September 2014 at 15.30
30 September 2014 at 16.00
01 October 2014 at 13.00

Women’s Humanity Walk 9 August, Cape Town

CAPE TOWN’S WOMEN ARE WALKING…from St George’s Cathedral to Artscape to celebrate Women’s Day, unify the Mother City, and mark the achievements of women. Everyone is invited to participate in this event which will launch the Women’s Day activities of the Artscape Women’s Humanity Arts Festival.

The Women’s Humanity Walk is coordinated by WOMAN ZONE, Artscape and the South African Faith and Family Institute (SAFFI) and is a walk of unity, solidarity and celebration. The walkers will be addressed and blessed by women faith leaders at St George’s Cathedral before proceeding to Artscape. This is an opportunity to get to know and share with others from the diverse cultures of our city.

Welcoming the walkers at the Artscape Theatre Centre for the start of the day’s Festival programme will be Thandi Swartbooi‘s drumming group Women Unite and the Amy Biehl Foundation Marimbas.

If your limited ability prevents you from participating in the whole walk, you are invited to meet the arriving walkers on the Artscape Piazza and complete the walk with the group.

WOMAN ZONE is a movement designed to bring together all women from the Mother City’s cultural kaleidoscope. To get to know one another better, to share stories and experiences, work together, learn from each other – and above all to highlight and promote their past, present and future achievements, not their victimhood. Cape Town’s women are for unity and for integration.

THE ARTSCAPE WOMEN’S HUMANITY ARTS FESTIVAL has for the past seven years included the disabled and disenfranchised communities, women and men from all walks of life. It is Artscape’s response to highlight the lack of “humanity” which marginalized groups face on a daily basis in South Africa, with particular emphasis on women and the disabled.  From 6 to 9 August a wide range of events, stage productions, workshops, book launches and exhibits take place in the theatre centre and offer something for everyone. Full programme:

SAFFI, officially launched in 2010, recognizes that religion plays an integral part in the continuation and eradication of gender-based violence against women and in intimate relationships and society. Our vision is to see women, men and children live their full potential in a society free from gender based violence where faith and justice are honoured.

Start:  09h00 walkers will gather at St George’s Cathedral to leave approximately 09h30
Finish: 10h30 Artscape


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Gibney Dance Company embarks on a Community Action and performance tour to Cape Town, South Africa May 16-27, 2014.

Gibney Dance has been a leading dance and social action company in the United States since 1991. The Company is internationally renowned for its passionate, and technically superb artistic work as well as its mission to use movement for the empowerment of others. The Community Action (CA) program began in 2000 and now offers 500 free movement workshops per year to survivors in the New York area, and throughout the US. The program has recently expanded its Community Action program to an international level, forming the Global Community Action Residency (CAR) program. Global CAR has since visited Montreal, Canada (2010) and Istanbul, Turkey (2013) and has been recognized for its accomplishments. Building on the successful program in Istanbul, the Community Action program is now leveraging lead support from the Agnes Varis Trust to cultivate $15,000 in funding from other sources in our next location of Cape Town.

By combining artistic activities with training in social activism, Community Action Residencies create a powerful platform for cultural exchange on many levels. Gibney Dance will collaborate with an artistic partner in South Africa, iKapa Dance Theatre, to share each company’s different artistic processes and dance practices with local dancers and with children in the townships. Both companies will also perform live for the general public on May 23rd at the OnPointe Dance and Wellness Centre at 112 Loop Street, 5th Floor. Gibney Dance will also work with a social services partner in South Africa, the Saartjie Baartman Centre for Women and Children, which will open up its facilities for Gibney Dance’s free Community Action Training Weekend on May 24-25 that will equip local artists and social service workers with the tools and resources to launch their own arts/social service programs. The Centre will also be the first in South Africa to host our signature Community Action movement workshops for its residents. The US Embassy in Cape Town is generously assisting in the promotion of our events to their networks, and will take part in some of the activities we have planned including the performance, a reception, and a panel discussion on arts and social action from an international perspective. Currently we have social service organizations attending the Community Action workshop weekend including IRFSA, Embrace Dignity, Haven Night Shelter, as well as dance teachers-in-training from the University of Cape Town dance department and iKapa’s own outreach specialists.

Gibney Dance is committed to building a quiet, yet powerful global network of support for domestic violence survivors. In South Africa, Gibney Dance hopes to begin to lay the groundwork for a sustainable international program. We are seeking all amounts of support that may be available through local organizations, corporations, and individuals with a passion for the arts and the desire to make a difference in the community. Any interest for sponsorship can be directed to Global CAR Director, Janessa Clark Inquiries can also be made through Janessa for attending the free CAR training weekend May 24-25.