That is how we walk, that is how we exist as women. Afraid, anxious, nervous. Always in a state of discomfort. We are not free, we are not safe, we cannot breathe. Women are bound by invisible shackles, imprisoned on our streets and in our homes.
For 16 days of activism against violence on women and children, #FunkItImWalking in partnership with the Gauteng Department for Community Safety come together and host a safe walking route which will create a safe space for women, children and families to be, safely. On a monthly basis, #FunkItImWalking creates safe walking routes such that people can walk freely visiting local restaurants and businesses along a designated safe walking path.
To bring attention to Gender-Based Violence, an exhibition will form part of the safe walking path. The exhibition titled ‘Before you kill us’ will showcase works from female artists and works that show women and children living, being. We will not show us in morgues, or beaten but rather show women and children being humans. So often we forget that the names we hear on the news of women slain and beaten are actually the names of daughters, mothers, sisters. The exhibition is co-curated by #FunkItImWalking founder Nomsa Mazwai and Soweto Art and Craft Development co-founder Mbali “Black Rose” Radebe.
The safe walking route will be from June 16 Memorial Acre where the exhibition will be held to the Soweto Theatre. Businesses along the path include Native Rebels restaurant and the Soweto Theatre Bar. Included in the walk is a kids play area managed by OIL, who play games indigenous to Soweto.
The walk is completely family-friendly as we are creating a Soweto where families will be free to walk at night, go for dinner and grow the local economy.
Participation in the walks is free, we only encourage walkers to support local businesses along the designated safe walking path. The safe walking path is activated for 4 hours, from 6pm till 10pm on the 3rd of December.
Free registration is required to ensure COVID compliance and general safety. To register visit www.funkitimwalking.co.za
#FunkItImWalking lets walk to freedom.