Day Three: ‘It’s a lot like Manenberg’

Mail & Guardian | Victoria John:


Day three of their road trip saw the Rock Girls visiting New Brighton and Helensvale to share stories with the young girls who live there.


Girls from New Brighton and Helensvale joining the Rock Girls on the overland vehicle to share stories. (Lindeka Qampi, Rock Girls)

Last year, when a group of high school girls from the social change movement Rock Girls heard about the missing girls in Nigeria, they wanted to drive there themselves to go find them. Inspired by their desire to help, Rock Girls – based in the notorious gangland of Manenberg in the Western Cape – is taking girls on a series of road trips around South Africa. The movement uses group discussions, art, photography, film, and radio to create and inspire more safe spaces for young women in South Africa. Their first trip from June 12-15 went from Cape Town to the Eastern Cape with ten girls, accompanied by Rock Girls founder India Baird, to interview other girls living on farms and in townships about their lives, and document their stories through radio and film. The Mail & Guardian will be publishing a series of diary entries written by the girls about their trip…


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