ActionAid South Africa (AASA) is working with thousands of young women and school girls across the country, providing support and training to empower young women to address their own struggles and the barriers they face to live a life of freedom, equality and dignity.
Using the human rights at the heart of our Constitution, we have supported young women and girls to understand their rights, for instance their right to access healthcare and contraception, and their right to an education free from violence and sexual assault.
I want to help my community because there are so many challenges we face as women. I want to be that woman that is going to make a difference.
— Thelma Mwale.
Mary Sibande, one of South Africa’s most renowned artists, has teamed up again with AASA and four young women who benefit from our projects, to create another masterpiece and to raise funds for this critical women’s rights work.
The collaborative artwork titled Umhlangano (the gathering) will be auctioned at Gallery Momo in Johannesburg during the 16 Days of Activism Against Women and Children Abuse, on November 30th.
WATCH this video to see here how the 2016 project changed lives.
We’re inviting everyone who wants to help young women in South Africa to realise their goals, to get involved: Will you be the highest bidder?
For me the final piece represents unity, a gathering of young women fighting against inequality. It highlights that we need to stand up together and become a force.
- Mary Sibande.
Mpilo Mpanza, Lelethu Xhantini, Nosimiselo Mdletshe and Thelma Mwale worked with Mary, sharing stories and learning how to express themselves through brush strokes, colour and canvas. The collaborative artwork depicts their difficulties and dreams as young South African women.
Last year’s auction provided the funds for our first-ever Girls’ Club Conference, where over 200 school girls worked together and issued guidelines for teachers to implement, to protect children from abuse at school. ActionAid’s project— Sexual Violence in Schools South Africa (SeVISSA) aims to end sexual violence in 32 South African schools in Gauteng and Limpopo.
Can you help us raise the funds to sustain this work?
We believe the scourge of violence, particularly against girls in schools, is too costly to ignore.
I dream of a country wherein people love one another, live in harmony and peace. With unity we can do greater things.
– Mpilo Mapaza.
To register to bid or attend the auction call Pule Nkwana on +27 (0) 11 731 4565 | Mob: +27 (0) 71 383 6057 for your special invitation. To submit a bid now, email your details to Pule.Nkwana@actionaid.org
Accepted bids will be in excess of R40 000. The auction will be moderated pro-bono by the amazing Strauss & Co, so all the auction proceeds will be used for AASA’s work with young South African women.
Mary Sibande is an award-winning artist— her work has been celebrated locally and internationally. She has recently been awarded the African Artist Award from the Smithsonian in Washington, where her work is on the permanent collection. This year her work has been featured at the Ziets MOCCA in Cape Town and at 1:54 Art Fair in London.
You can support our work with a regular donation by sponsoring a South African child for R150 per month, by calling 011 731 4563 /0861 000 910 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org OR you can help make a difference by simply donating now to support our work. Snap scan here to donate R160 now:
You can also give monthly to sponsor a specific project or national campaigns such as our Safe Cities for Women campaign. Contact Zodidi Mhatu , ActionAid South Africa’s Head of Fundraising on +27 79 212 1592.
ActionAid South Africa is a registered NPC no: 2014/226941/08 and can issue Section 18a certificates for relevant donations.