I create my future as I speak
´Being woman is not to be a potted plant´ Professor Alice Walker stated in her lecture at the Steve Bhiko Annual Memorial. My view of my life as a human, coloured, woman, feminist, activist, humanitarian, writer and poet has changed and coming to self realisation that I am the only one that can change my future, I am the only one that can claim my freedom as a radical thinker, but this entails education and learning from the various strong black women from the African Diaspora to the Americas, Europe and The East in history and in the present and future. Even though the context maybe different the fight is still the same and this is what I would like to give back to my community, my society, the chance to think differently about things and themselves. My struggles and challenges range from eviction to poverty to being unsafe on the streets and I can only but change it through speaking out, educating myself on the issues and using my talent as a writer to speak out about it.
I believe that writing / language is a tool that has been used against us and still today is being used as a tool of oppression and for me to free myself from oppressing myself I have to speak out and write my own story.
I believe to create change in the society for me as a lesbian woman and to not be oppressed in this patriarchal world, I have to educate myself on a spiritual, intellectual and physical level, for me to be able to assist in creating the ‘different world’ that I know is possible, as Ghandi said ‘be the change you want to see in the world’
My journey right now is a journey of self empowerment, internal reflection on the things that I have been taught about myself as a women, a black women and as a lesbian and as a human being and introspection thus far has lead me to the realisation that no one can speak for me, but myself and this ultimately is a legacy that I would like to pass on to my sisters in this struggle right now and with each others help, create a future of equity.
My writing has offered me other opportunities that are under the human rights banner.
• I am currently working with a visual artist and documentary creator focusing on creating social
Change in Malawi, using poetry and visual art to create awareness around social ills in Malawi
• I was apart of the African day celebration in Cape Town, the theme was xenophobia, as I can not stand by and watch as my own blood run in the streets.
I am apart of the stage production ‘Reclaiming the P…Word’ produced by Mary Hames. This edu-drama uses story telling and stage performance to raise awareness of women’s oppression in the past and in the present day. This production speaks out against women abuse, the history of women abuse, the victim becoming the survivor and the objectifying of women.
I am Community volunteer, for Triangle Project in Cape Town, coordinating a women’s only safe space,
My objectives for the safe space group are to facilitate discussion and raise consciousness with lesbian women in my group (this is not a closed group, so there is always new faces at events) around their own identities and the perceived constructed lesbian identities and other issues that face us as lesbians.
facilitated a poetry event where women that was apart of Triangle Projects’ photo voice project ‘Ndim Lo’ had the opportunity to share there written word and was also opened up to the idea of using poetry/writing as a tool of activism and raising awareness. I believe writing in it natural form is a method to establish social change with in our communities as lesbians and the general society.
I am apart of the leadership and safe space project at Triangle where we are looking at enhancing our understanding of Oppression, activism, leadership, education ect.
We meet once a month, for a whole day training session, which consists of discussion, thought provoking exercises and leadership building with the objective to be able to coordinate and facilitate awareness campaigns in our communities
This is only part of my journey.. I will as time goes on give you more information of my work and activism in my community..