Last year I was invited to talk as part of a panel at Social Media Week Johannesburg & we talked… you guessed it, hair.
I didn’t write about it afterwards but the discussion was all kinds of amazing. We were rolling in laughter in places and sharing heart aching stories at other times. I got to meet many ladies (both on the panel & in the audience) whom I’d followed online and crushed on for some time & when it was over I really didn’t want to go home.
I exchanged details with a few ladies but you know, you never think that’s going to amount to anything. Well days on we started chatting, met up & The Feminist Stokvel was born.
The Feminist Stokvel is a group of 8 women who have come together with the aim of addressing the many social issues that uniquely face black women in South Africa, especially those that speak to how black women are represented in our public imagination. We were brought together by the subject of hair, which we believe is the gateway to consciousness, self love, self respect and ultimately – self actualization for women.
The Hair Soirees will are primarily spaces to learn about how to look after the unique natural hair of Southern Africans. These soirees are about coming together to learn from local and international (we’ll get there) hair consultants, bloggers and informative loud mouths about this subject. This will also, inevitably, be a purging space for black women to talk about their hair frustrations from all angles including the racialization, sexualization and general politicized nature of black hair. While the focus won’t be on the politics, we are exblockquoted about nurturing a space where black women can feel safe to speak freely.
The amazing, smart, gorgeous women I’m proud to make up The Feminist Stokvel with are:
It’s only really been a short while since I’ve known them but we’ve had some amazing conversations that has made me sit, think & grow. I really hope you’ll join the next one. You can book via Quicket or via email.
Be kind to your hair!
PS you can also keep up with The Feminist Stokvel on Twitter.