Cornelia, holds a degree in Sociology and is passionate about gender activism, the support of refugees and the use of art as a tool to overcome social inequality. The topic of intergenerational trauma in Germany and in South Africa is one that she is currently exploring. She is working towards a Phd on the use of art for social change. If she is not in Cape Town, her chosen second home, she can be found in Hamburg, Germany. She is a volunteer counsellor at Rape Crisis.
Carol Bower has worked to end violence against women and children for almost all of her professional life. She now lives in the middle of nowhere fulfilling the ageing hippy dream and making as much trouble as she can. She is currently working with Sonke Gender Justice on improving attitudes towards and the practice of parenting as a key strategy for preventing the sexual and physical abuse of children. Carol is a previous director of Rape Crisis.
Alison Tilley is an attorney, and the head of advocacy at the Open Democracy Advice Centre, which is a law centre based in South Africa, specialising in access to information and whistleblowing law. The Centre works on these transparency issues across Africa. www.opendemocracy.org.za
She is an elected member of the National Working Group of the Right 2 Know campaign www.r2k.org.za . She is also an elected member of the Governing Council of the African Freedom of Information Centre http://www.africafoicentre.org and a member of the steering committee of the Whistleblowing International Network http://whistleblowingnetwork.org/ . She is a member of the board of Goedgedacht Forum for Social Reflection. She was also a founding trustee of the Women’s Legal Centre and a member of the South African Law Reform Commission’s project committee on data protection law, which resulted in the Protection of Personal Information Act. She has litigated on access to information and whistleblowing issues in a number of High Court matters, the Labour Court, and the Constitutional Court and Supreme Court of Appeal.
She consults to a number of organisations on social justice advocacy and transparency, including Rape Crisis, Democratic Governance and Rights Unit at the University of Cape Town, and the Children’s Institute at the same university. Her publications include “The Right to Know, The Right to Live”, edited by Richard Calland and herself.
Morgan Mitchell lives in Cape Town where she works with survivors of trauma in private practice as a trauma and EMDR counsellor. She has been a volunteer at Rape Crisis since 2001 and is a feminist civil rights activist. For over 15 years, she has also developed materials for a variety of ages and cultures.
Dela Gwala is a full-time feminist and post-grad student at UCT who writes in the hours stolen from her thesis. She helps manage the South African branch of the largest intersectional feminist page on Facebook, Guerrilla Feminism.
Jen Thorpe is the editor of feministssa.com. She’s a feminist writer and researcher who is passionate about getting the word out about violence against women, and about research around women’s negotiation of sexuality. In 2010 she started the My First Time women’s writing project which is still open for stories from women on their significant first time experiences, and was published as book in 2012. She lives in Cape Town with her fiance, Mike, who works for Greenpeace Africa. She writes a monthly column for Women24.com. In her free time she writes for the Mail and Guardian Thoughtleader. She loves food, swimming, yoga, and reading. Catch her on twitter @Jen_Thorpe
Kathleen Dey is a qualified Social Worker and current Director of the Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust. She has previously worked at the National Institute for Crime Prevention and the Reconciliation of Offenders (NICRO), Groote Schuur Hospital in the Psychiatry Department’s Out Patient Unit and run a private practice in Knysna treating child survivors of rape and sexual abuse. She joined Rape Crisis as a counselling coordinator in 1995 and her work in that role gained her extensive experience in the field of rape counselling, volunteer training and coordination, community development work and the development of ongoing government civil society partnerships. She has been Director since 2008.
Dan Moshenberg writes at Women In and Beyond the Global and at Africa Is a Country, and is Director of the Women’s Studies Program at The George Washington University in Washington, DC.
Jessica is the very first fundraising officer that Rape Crisis has ever had. Her passion is in helping a good cause and getting others involved in making difference in the lives of people who need it. She has much experience in the field of fundraising and is driven by the need to share these skills within the NGO sector.
Since studying Psychology at the University of Cape Town, my heart and soul has been longing for an understanding of people, of rape culture, of gendered violence and of women studies. I have developed a passion for expressing this understanding of women through writing. I believe that The Rape Crisis Trust in Cape Town has enabled women to regain their agency and voice in order to speak out against rape, sexual assault, violence and oppression. My hopes in the future are to continue to learn more about women from the Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust, to continue to speak out against gendered oppression and to come to an understanding of how my own experiences can one day help others.
Rebecca Helman is a PhD candidate at the University of South Africa (UNISA). Her PhD, entitled “post-rape subjectivities”, examines the ways in which rape survivors are able to (re)constitute their subjectivities amidst the discursive and material politics of sexual violence in the South African context. Rebecca is also a volunteer counsellor at Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust’s Observatory office.
Megan Furniss is a South African born playwright, actor, writer, director, blogger and improviser. She likes to find spaces to let her big mouth and big opinions be heard and seen. She lives and works in Cape Town. It’s a love hate relationship.
Rose has extensive experience working in international fundraising, advocacy and development. She currently lives in the UK and is passionate about human rights and social justice work. She is also a qualified yoga teacher.
Jeanne is the Advocacy Coordinator at the Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust and heads the Rape Survivors’ Justice Campaign. She likes wine, pizza and recently rediscovered her love for mystery novels.
Adam started interning with Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust in early 2017, while studying at the University of Cape Town through the Semester Study Abroad Programme. He is currently earning a dual Bachelors in Global Public Health and Media, Culture and Communications from New York University. In the US, Adam volunteers for the Rape, Abuse and Incest and the Crime Victims Treatment Center, and he is on the board of the Students for Sexual Respect at New York University.
Monique is one of our Athlone high school Peer Educators. She is an active change-maker, challenging myths and stereotypes and changing attitudes around rape.
TheJusticeLady is a writer who wants to give a voice to the voiceless. She is an advocate for the rights of rape survivors. She keeps a close eye on the courts, the media and the role they play in shaping the manner in which society sees rape.
Rachel is currently a second year student studying sociology, media studies, and Spanish at the University of Colorado Boulder. She is interning with the communications team to gain skills in media and nonprofit work.
Rosemary is the director of Triple Win Enterprises in Sydney, Australia, and the author of The Mentor Within. She is a facilitator, conference strategist and coach. In South Africa she was one of the National Directors of NICRO, and the national manager for Restorative Justice, and in Australia she works with thought leaders, social entrepreneurs and business authors. She is one of the founding contributors to Smallville.com.au for small business owners who think big.
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Sam works at the University of the Western Cape’s Dullah Omar Institute. She was a counselling volunteer at Rape Crisis in the mid 1990s and went on to run our court support project as an advocacy coordinator before continuing as an actvist against violence against women in a broad range of spaces including Facebook, where she originally posted this piece.
Robyn moved to Cape Town from Johannesburg to study psychology in 2011. Having completed her Honours degree and a number of counselling courses through various NGO’s, she is now a counsellor at Rape Crisis’ Athlone office. She is also currently volunteering at an early intervention centre for children with autism. She hopes to pursue a career in the advocacy for mental health in South Africa, with a specific focus on access to mental healthcare structures for Womxn and Queer-identifying individuals.
Talia interned at Rape Crisis in April 2018. She is currently a B.A candidate at the George Washington University studying International Affairs. In her third year at university, she decided to partake in a study abroad program in Cape Town to study multiculturalism and human rights which led her to her internship with Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust.
After seven years the publishing industry, Jacqui joined Edge Digital as head of production where she channels her energy into driving change and streamlining processes. Edge Digital is an award-winning digital content agency that specializes in assisting NGOs and other organisations spread their message more effectively. Jacqui is passionate about helping clients achieve their goals. She has a Diploma in Public Relations and Media and is solutions driven.
Leigh lives in Cape Town and currently works as a senior content manager for Edge Digital. As a content strategist, Leigh provides assistance and guidance to help businesses communicate their message effectively through online marketing and enjoys helping clients improve their online presence and content strategy, her role at Edge Digital sees her working on key accounts such as Judges Matter (bringing awareness to the selection process of South Africa’s judges) and Rape Crisis’ RSJC Campaign. She has a Post Graduate Diploma in Sustainable Development from the University of Stellenbosch, School of Public Leadership and is especially intrigued by issues around sustainability, equality and justice.