“Beautiful spaces can create social change and social change can create beautiful spaces,” says the slogan on the Rock Girl’s website.
Rock Girl is a grassroots movement that partners with artists and designers to create public benches that serve as symbolic safe spaces. India Baird, a human rights lawyer, started the organisation in early 2011. The movement seeks to inspire encourage and invest in girls and women who face daily violence.
“Strong, independent women are the inspiration for Rock Girl. The collaboration with the creative community is a genuine way to show support for women and girls facing violence in their lives everyday,” says India Baird
In this month’s issue (page 72), we feature Safe Space’s collaboration with designers, Thabani Mavundla, Rachel De Mardt, Marianne Fassler and Stefania Morland; who designed dresses that are inspired by some of the public benches spread across the streets of Cape Town. They are beautiful!
Rock Girl welcomes existing organisations, individuals and businesses to get involved. If you live in Cape Town and would like to support the organisation, the 4th of June 2012 could be the day for you to start. ‘The Full Moon Bike Ride’ will be taking place at Long Street by Grand Daddy Hotel to raise funds for Rock Girl. To see more details, go here.
Sibulele Sikuni, CT intern