The 14th annual Ashley Kriel Memorial Lecture, under the theme of Centering Gender: Stories, Struggles and Intergenerational Solidarity aims to celebrate the contribution of women to uplifting communities. Women in South Africa have been primary catalysts for protests against, and challengers of, the apartheid regime. Even today, women continue to be a source of courage within many communities.
Singer, poet and cultural activist Blaq Pearl will deliver this years’ keynote address. Born and raised in the working class community of Beacon Valley, Mitchell’s Plain, Cape Town, she is committed to contributing to positive change and empowerment. Blaq Pearl is also a Life Skills Facilitator and works with various organizations in different sectors that involves youth at risk, HIV/AIDS and gender issues. She transfers life skills using music and arts as methodology. Blaq Pearl is a cast member and creative contributor of two popular award winning musical theatre productions ‘Afrikaaps’ and ‘n Plekkie in Die Son’. Her latest musical theatre production ‘Krotoa van vandag’ is a story of identity, struggle and hope and offers positive alternatives to representations of the experiences of people living on the Cape Flats.
The IJR’s selection of Blaq Pearl is part of its commitment to creating spaces for people to share their own stories and experience of gender justice and reconciliation in unmediated ways and on their own terms. IJR recognises that empowerment and the meaningful participation of women and girls are essential to realising peace, rights, prosperity and a life of dignity.
Date: Thursday, 12 October 2017
Venue: Community House, Salt River
For more information, contact Eleanor Du Plooy