16 Days Campaign Spotlight: Ekasi Women’s Arts Ensemble, South Africa


I look at an ant and I see myself…endowed by nature with a strength much greater than my size so I might cope with the weight of a racism that crushes my spirit. I look at a stream and I see myself… flowing irresistibly over hard obstacles until they become smooth and, one day, disappear.”
—Miriam Makeba (1932-2008), South African singer, songwriter and civil rights activist also known as Mama Afrika

South Africa's history of government-sanctioned oppression and brutality has fostered a climate of violence. Coupled with cultural norms and traditions that reinforce male dominance, violation of women’s rights to security and bodily integrity within their homes, in schools and within the wider society is commonplace.

Seeking change, young women in the sprawling township of Soweto in Johannesburg formed Ekasi Women's Art Ensemble (Ekasi) in 2003 to address the threat of and lived violence that touch their lives daily. Read More »


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