Feminism Is events at the Open Book Festival 2018


This year’s Open Book Festival in Cape Town has, as usual, an amazing line up of writers and public intellectuals coming together to talk about literature, politics, and many other things. The festival takes place from 5 – 9 September in Cape Town.

This year the Open Book Festival team has given amazing support to Feminism Is, and has five events scheduled around the book, as well as many others with a feminist focus.

5 September
20.00 – 21.00 Feminism Is: Pumla Gqola, Dela Gwala and Thembekile Mahlaba explore their journeys to feminism and answer FAQs in the company of Sara-Jayne King Fugard Studio


6 September
16.00 – 17.30 Feminism Is: Listening Room: We invite all persons of trans experience and/or those who identify as women/womxn to share personal experiences that shape their feminist identities in a safe and respectful space. Please keep contributions to a maximum of 5 minutes to allow as many voices to be heard as possible. Hosted by Joy Watson with contributions from Janine Adams, Kit Beukes, Michelle Hattingh and Ming-Cheau Lin and Tshepiso Mashinini. Fugard Studio


7 September
14.00 – 15.00 Feminism Is: Body Politics: Anna Dahlqvist, Melanie Judge and Tlaleng Mofokeng speak to Joy Watson about taking control in the context of patriarchy Fugard Theatre


7 September
18.00 – 19.00 Feminism Is: Talking Feminism: B Camminga, Helen Moffett and Tlaleng Mofokeng explore divisions and how they can stand in the way of feminist conversations in the company of Yaliwe Clarke Fugard Theatre


9 September
12.00 – 13.00 Feminism Is: Reflections: Jen Thorpe wraps up the series of ‘Feminism Is’ events and asks Pumla Gqola, Haji Mohamed Dawjee and Nwabisa Mda to share their thoughts on SA feminism today Fugard Theatre


Check out the full programme here for more details on other amazing feminist events.


Weekly feminist round up – 16 April 2018


Kabelo Chabala writes that Mama Winnie was the epitome of a black African feminist here

What trigger warnings are and are not here

Molly Ringwald reflects on the Breakfast Club here

Does ‘Nice for What’ mark a new era for Drake? Find out here

Our Bodies, Ourselves is shelved, so what now? asks Jessica Valenti here

Junot Diaz writes about childhood trauma, the silence, and its impact on The New Yorker here

Tim Winton writes how toxic masculinity is shackling men to misogyny here

Jen Thorpe, editor of Feminism Is, unpacks what it means to be feminist here

Jobs and Opportunities

Global Alliance for Green and Gender Action (GAGGA) is looking for a consultant to conduct a mid-term review here

Mama Cash is looking for a short-term consultant here

Submit your essay for the Bodley Head prize here

Mothers to Mothers is looking for a research and strategic information manager here


Come to the 5th Feminism Is book launch this Thursday in Cape Town. Details below

Feminism Is Cavendish Invite

Feel free to mail us with your opportunities, articles, events, ideas, books etc via

CULTURE, Uncategorized

Weekly Feminist Round Up – 9 April, 2018

Passing of an icon

  • Winnie Madikizela Mandela, struggle icon, passes away at 81. Read Sisonke Msimang’s piece on reimagining Winnie here
  • Listen to Eusebius McKaiser’s review of the Life and Times of Mama Winnie here
  • Listen to Gugu Mhlungu discuss the impact of patriarchy on Winnie’s chance to be Deputy President here

Podcasts to check out

  • An activist filmmaker tackling patriarchy in Pakistan via the New Yorker here
  • Meg Wolitzer’s ‘The Female Persuasion’ Rides the Feminist Waves via the New Yorker here
  • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Reni Eddo-Lodge in Discussion at the Southbank Centre here



  • Feminism Is: South Africans Speak Their Truth – Get it at Exclusive Books, The Book Lounge, or online here
  • A list of the top 10 feminist non-fiction books to read this year here
  • 24 amazing new feminist books coming in 2018 here


  • Apply for a Young Feminist Media Fellowship here
  • AWID is looking for a Resource Mobilisation Manager here


  • Haji Mohamed Dawjee launches her book ‘Sorry, Not Sorry’ at the Book Lounge on Monday 9 April. RSVP here and at Love Books in Joburg on 11 April here
  • Feminism Is launches at Cavendish Exclusive Books on the 19th April at 6pm.


  • Make a one-off or regular donation to Rape Crisis here

Send your suggestions for inclusions in this list to 


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.


EVENT: International Planned Parenthood Federation’s 60th anniversary

Invitation: IPPF’s 60th Anniversary

In November, the International Planned Parenthood Federation will be celebrating the organization’s 60th anniversary with a three-day long event in Johannesburg, South Africa. As a part of this celebration, we invite you to join SHARISA in a special dialogue about SRHR as a cornerstone of development.

To mark this historic event, we are inviting participants to submit brief (two to three pages) original texts, which could either be original analytical pieces or interviews with key stakeholders in the regional SRHR space. We are looking for submissions that will address the theme in a relevant and innovative manner. Articles or interviews selected for publication will be posted in our November newsletter and on our Web site (, and made available at the event.

If you are interested in working with us to mark this event, please contact Jason Hallman at Submission deadline is November 23.


SHARISA Dialogue

Start:   November 26, 2012 6:30 pm

End: November 26, 2012 8:00 pm

Venue: Birchwood Conference Center

Address: Johannesburg, South Africa