NOTE FROM THE CURATORS
I am a student at Wits, currently pursuing my Masters in International Relations! I have also previously graduated with a Joint Honours in International Relations and Development Studies and a BA in International Relations and Political Science.
I have fortunately been exposed to many parts of the world having lived in South Africa, the Netherlands, the United States and the United Arab Emirates. While each place diversely significant in its culture, I have found that women are disadvantaged socially, economically and culturally. Women, specifically women of colour, are not given equal opportunity as men. I want to celebrate women while encouraging boys and men to do the same.
Recognising that not all women have a platform to share their stories, we felt the need to do something... anything. To EmpowHER is a mix of everything that I hope will continuously inspire South African women. We aim to educate, promote a just system, celebrate the success of all women, and work daily towards encouraging and uplifting each other in hopes of empowering HER.
I am a marketing coordinator at Mail & Guardian and a freelance graphic designer and illustrator. I graduated from Wits University with a BA in Journalism & Media Studies (Honours) and a BA in Sociology & Media Studies cum laude.
As an Indian Muslim woman living in South Africa, I have grown up a witness to the gendered discrimination of family members, friends, peers and superiors by a system that privileges men over women. Additionally, I have seen and studied how the intersections of race, class and religion affect women locally and globally. I have been raised as a young girl on the picket lines and have spent my teenage and adult years dedicating my free time to community service. To EmpowHER was the next step to take in my activism journey.
Empowered by the women who have come before me, we began To EmpowHER to amplify the unheard voices of our sisters here and abroad. We hope to educate and encourage young girls, boys and men to help us promote women and women of colour.
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