Join the Brave dinner in aid of Rock Girl
For girls living in the gang-ridden areas of Cape Town, surrounded by violence and daily uncertainty, a small grassroots art and education programme has been a lifeline. Rock Girl runs girl-initiated and girl-focused projects to help reduce violence against them through the creation of safe spaces and by encouraging women to stay in school and become financially independent. The NGO also teaches girls photography, film-making, writing and radio skills to empower them to share and collect stories.
The initiative has partnered with notable South African artists like Laurie Wiid van Heerden, Atang Tshikare, Mokena Makeka and Lovell Friedman to create 55 one-of-a-kind public benches around the city as part of its Safe Spaces campaign – each Safe Space bench has a sister bench in a more disadvantaged community, where girls can come together to share ideas and feel safe.
Last year, Rock Girl took a group of high-school girls on a road trip around South Africa to meet and tell the stories of girls like them – girls who don’t have a voice. Trained as youth reporters and photographers, these girls shared their own stories of abuse and violence, collected the stories of others, and helped create awareness and find solutions.
Rock Girl is planning another road trip for this year – and you can help! The inaugural Brave dinner, auction and awards will be held on Saturday 30 July at Southern Guild Gallery in Woodstock, Cape Town.
The dinner will be by chef Karen Dudley from The Kitchen and once-off pieces by Kirsten Goss and Pichulik will be on auction, as well as weekends away from Wilderness Safaris and Singita.
Tickets are R500 per person, with proceeds going towards Brave.