WZ - Logo Facebook panelConnecting and unifying, growing and knowing, promoting and celebrating women in Cape Town.

In 2012 at The Kitchen in Woodstock the first conversation around Woman Zone took place. Fourteen women of all ages of different backgrounds and cultures got together for tea to share their personal stories and discuss ways of bringing Cape Town’s women together. The initial concept was to form a mobile organisation that could pop-up in communities across the city.

In March 2013 a second bigger meeting of women took place at the District Six Homecoming Centre. Regularly the working group met at the D6HCC where ideas flew fast, and each member that came on board brings new talent and areas of expertise.

In May 2014 Woman Zone received their official NPO registration with the following vision:

A volunteer movement designed to bring together and unite women from all different communities of the Mother City. To get to know and understand one another better, to share stories and experiences, work together and learn from each other. Its mission is also to highlight and promote their achievements above their challenges.

PROJECTS:

The 13 WOMEN Storytelling series now a book, Being a Woman in Cape Town: Telling your story In 2014 we heard the very personal stories of 13 women each nominated from a different community – Muizenberg to Manenberg, Nyanga to Woodstock. Visiting one a month we went to listen to and record her story. These transcribed stories form the basis of our book which includes women focused places of interest in Cape Town city centre as well as extracts from the work of some of our best loved women writers. To raise funds for printing, we are inviting all women and women-friendly businesses to purchase in advance and be included in the book. See details here 

The Woman’s Walk is a self-guided walk around the centre of Cape Town highlighting places of interest involving women. See more on Woman’s Walk and Talk . We recently added an audio walk on the Voice Map phone app.

The Woman’s Library we believe is one of a kind in Cape Town. Books by, for and about women are available for reference from Woman Zone @ Artscape on the ground floor of the Artscape Theatre Centre. This space has been loaned to us by the Centre and is used as a women-exclusive hub for meetings, skills sharing, storytelling, workshop, book clubs and other niche events.

Storysharing at Mogalakwena Gallery forms part of the city’s First Thursday initiative when galleries and restaurants are open. In an informal ‘open mic’ situation, Woman Zone invites women to share their stories in this welcoming, creative gallery owned by Elbe Coetsee.

Woman’s Humanity Walk. In 2014 we co-ordinated a Woman’s Walk as part of the Artscape Humanity Festival held annually over Women’s Day. On Saturday August 9, more than 500 people walked with us from the steps of St George’s Cathedral through the city to the Artscape plaza. It began with multi-faith prayers from women religious leaders. This is to be an annual event, and the starting point on Women’s Day this year will be the District Six Homecoming Centre.

Leave a Reply