It's August i.e. Women's month in South Africa, and we couldn't be more excited by the event we are hosting on the 10th! There will be a 'Meet the Author / Book reading and signing session' of the special bilingual children's book 'Her Story / Umlando Wakhe' atLilliesleaf Museum in Rivonia. The book is targeted at readers aged 7 to 12, and features the real-life stories of 30 inspirational women. These stories are accompanied by vivid illustrations - which will be on display on the day.
We are also fortunate to have one of the women featured in the book (Dr Judy Dlamini) attending and reading her chapter in person! And book blogger Omphile Raleile will be facilitating a discussion with the authors. Please don't be afraid to have your sons attend the function! Boys can have female role models too, and vice versa, and this venue is an enriching experience full of history for all.
The 30 featured South African women and women’s groups are:
Nonhlanhla Khumalo. The Hair Doctor
2. Thandi Klaasen. Redefining Beauty
3. Caster Semenya. Be Yourself
4.Zanele Muholi. Art as Activism
5. Nkhensani Nkosi. Wear Your African Pride
6. Zoleka Mandela. To Forgive Yourself
7. POWA. Fighting Power
8. Emma Mashinini. Fighting for Workers’ Rights
9. Charlotte Maxeke. A Woman’s Place
10. Ferial Haffajee. Editor at Large
11. Umanyano. Collective spirit
12. Prudence Mabele. Breaking the Silence
13. Natalie du Toit. Just Keep Swimming
14. Ncumisa Jilata. A Head for Brains
15. Kitty Phetla. The Girl Who Can Fly
16. Nonkululeko Gobodo. Dare to Dream
17. Portia Modise. She’s Got Game
18. Frene Ginwala. Madam Speaker
19. Terry Pheto. A Leading Lady
20. Yvonne Mokgoro. Ubuntu
21. Marina Maponya. The Story of a Family Empire
22. Tasneem Essop. We have to Use the ‘R’ Word
23. Judy Dlamini. A Passion to Help
24. Bessie Head. Fighting Demons and Winning
25. Pretty Yende. Finding Her Voice
26. Kass Naidoo. Dreaming out Loud
27. Miriam Makeba. Songstress of the Revolution
28. FEDSAW. Wathint’ Abafazi
29. Gcina Mhlophe. African Storyteller
30. Albertina Sisulu. Freedom’s Rose
More about the Authors
Natasha Allie is the Projects Manager for the Oliver and Adelaide Tambo Foundation. The projects on which she works centre around the advancement of women and youth – two aspects of society about which she is very passionate. Before the Foundation, Natasha worked on a rhino conservation project, as well as for the Gender Research Alliance. She studied marketing and management at the University of the Witwatersrand, and is a trained LifeLine counsellor. Natasha is a proud born-and-bred Joburg girl. She was also recently named one of 2019's Mail and Guardian's Young 200.
Baba-Tamana Gqubule is an Economist at TIPS (Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies), a non-profit economic research institution that aims to provide economic policy research in response to public policy needs. She has a Masters in Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London and a Bachelor of Economics Honours degree from Rhodes University. She is interested in contributing towards the development of policy interventions targeted towards dismantling processes that yield to structural inequality in South Africa. She is also the founder of a group informally known as “Rhodents with purpose”, a network of Rhodes Alumni that aim to provide financial and peer-group support to disadvantaged students at Rhodes University.
Thandiwe Matthews is an attorney who believes that everyone has the right to be treated fairly and with dignity. She is a Senior Researcher: Civil and Political Rights at the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), where she was also a Senior Legal Officer, focusing on the advancement of human rights by both State and non-State actors. Before joining the SAHRC, Thandiwe worked as an attorney in the corporate and NGO sector. In 2015, she was selected as a 2015-2016 Fulbright/ Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow by the US State Department, based at the University of Minnesota Law School (United States).
August also marks the start of our participation in the Global Citizen's #turnthepage campaign which will see us offering Book Dash books at R20 for 1, or R100 for 5! These books are being sold for donation, and for as little as R20 - you too can help more South African children #turnthepage and have the opportunity to own their own books. The donated books will be handed over at a function at the Mall of Africa on World Literacy Day - the 7th of September. We look forward to your participation in this cool campaign!
We will finish off the month with a pop-up at SP Language Academy's Open Day atMemories Corner,86 Whisken Rd, Midrand on the 31st of August from 9am to 4pm.Parents and children will be given the opportunity to come through and try the school's language lessons, get more info, join in on the activities, and buy an African dish made with love. Fatuma Abdullah from Akiki Dolls will also be there, and there will be books on sale.
We look forward to seeing you at one or all of these functions. :-) Till then - do check out the multiple new titles we have in stock!