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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EVENT!! Public Hearings – Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality Bill

On the 29th and 30th of January Parliament will be hosting public hearings on the Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality Bill.

Date: 29 and 30th January

Venue: V454 Parliament




20 November – Transgender Day of Rememberance

sanac women's sector ANNOUNCEMENT
Dear Jennifer Thorpe, 

Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR), which occurs annually on 20 November, is a day to memorialize those who have been killed as a result of transphobia or the hatred or fear of transgender and gender non-conforming people, and acts to bring attention to the continued violence endured by the transgender community.

The Transgender Day of Remembrance was founded in 1998 by Gwendolyn Ann Smith, a transgender graphic designer, columnist, and activist, to memorialize the murder of Rita Hester in Allston, Massachusetts.

Since its inception, TDoR has been held annually on 20 November and has slowly evolved from the web-based project started by Smith into an international day of action. In 2010, TDoR was observed in over 185 cities throughout more than 20 countries.

Typically, a TDoR memorial includes a reading of the names of those who lost their lives during the previous year and may include other actions, such as candlelight vigils, art shows, food drives, film screenings, marches, among others.  The TDoR is the culmination of Transgender Awareness Week.

Leigh Ann Van De Merwe of the Social, Health and Empowerment Feminist Collective of Transgender and Intersex Women of Africa, and member of the women’s sector in the Eastern Cape – developed a Press Release which can be downloaded over the SANACWS Website.

SANAC Women’s Sector Secretariat


EVENT: TedX Women Cape Town

Theme: TEDxCapeTownWomen: Invented Here

Date and Time: Thursday, December 5, 2013 – 18:00 – 22:00

Venue: The Barn, Block B, 3rd Floor, Woodstock Industrial Centre (Woodstock Exchange), 66 Albert Road, Woodstock 

As part of the TEDWomen conference, local TEDx events around the world will be surfacing and celebrating innovative people in their own communities. 

TEDWomen 2013 will celebrate invention in all its forms. Not just technology and things, but also solutions to poverty; approaches to peacemaking; expressions of art, and, at times, our own lives. Some of the questions we’re asking:   

  • How does geography impact innovation? 
  • How do new technologies shape our lives? 
  • How do great ideas take flight? 
  • How can meaningful change be imagined, fostered, and scaled? 

For the first time the Mother City will host a TEDxWomen event, live streaming TEDWomen in San Francisco, and showcasing a handful of South African women who have delivered groundbreaking ideas in their own disciplines. 

Why attend? 

Because over the past three years, TEDWomen has launched some powerful ideas into the world. In 2010, Sheryl Sandberg gave the talk that led to her groundbreaking book “Lean In.” In 2011, Jane Fonda gave a mind-shifting talk on the unexpected “third act” in women’s lives now. In 2012, Angela Patton told the unforgettable tale of a father-daughter dance … held in prison.

This year’s program will deliver similarly groundbreaking ideas. Women are so often the creative powerhouses driving progress, and the active force crystalizing change in communities worldwide. From small, local solutions to global movements, the power of women’s invention is visible in every region, in every field. And this is no different in South Africa, and particularly in our city.

TEDWomen is a TED event curated by TED and Pat Mitchell that focuses on women and women’s issues. TEDxWomen events are TEDx events hosted around the live webcast of TEDWomen, and may also feature local speakers. Our event is called TEDxCapeTownWomen and is one of many TEDx events happening around the globe on December 5 and 6 that will expand on the ideas brought up at TEDWomen.

Confirmed speakers

Noha Essop, Jos Dirkx, Athambile Masola

Get tickets

In true TED style tickets are for sale and I think there are only 100 available. check out the link and purchase a ticket.If you can’t make it please forward to others who might be interested.