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UKZN Social Justice Education to host ‘Women Rising celebrating the Feminine’

28 Jul, 2017

UKZN Social Justice Education hosted ‘Women Rising’ celebrating the Feminine.

UKZN’s Social Justice Education, in partnership with the Playhouse Company and KZN Treasury Department hosted the performance ‘Women Rising” on the 26th August 2017 at the Loft Theatre in the Durban Playhouse.

"Women Rising" is a collaborative performance project showcasing a blend of professional and amateur performers. It features a combination of verse, song, and various dance styles around the central theme of expressing, honouring and celebrating the feminine, and the need to strengthen and reclaim the authentic feminine identity.

Dr Antoinette (Toni) D’amant, who is a social Justice lecturer from the School of Education, drives the vision of this project. She is committed to women's issues and using creative and innovative methodologies in her work to raise awareness of issues of social justice.

‘I am committed to facilitating change for the betterment of people’s lives, and to supporting them towards liberation and empowerment, and becoming all that they have the potential to be. Therefore, using innovative, creative methods has proved to be more conducive to individuals and groups reflecting on their prejudices and discriminatory behaviours, and wanting to make a change on a personal and a professional basis.’

‘I have become more aware of the power of using a variety of creative methods of getting important messages across to people (dance, drama, mime, song, voice, music, toning, photography, mixed media art, creative writing, and movement),’ she said.

D’amant has worked as Co-ordinator on a UKZN resource and educator development project in the Estcourt District of KwaZulu-Natal. This project was part of a National pilot project run in three provinces. Its aim being to facilitate the implementation of Inclusive Education and the White Paper 6 in pilot schools and 10% of non-pilot schools in the Estcourt district, through information dissemination and capacity building on all levels.

‘My PhD emerged out of the strong relationships I made while working in this community on this pilot project, and it focused on the personal and professional identities of educators undergoing change and development. I only had access to these educators on such a personal and real level, by becoming part of their community and working with them on an everyday basis.’

She is presently committed to building a community of women who gather in deep presence with each other. This community offers women support and sisterhood towards making their world a better place for themselves and for others’.

There was only one performance of ‘Women Rising’ and included Linda Vargas Flamenco Company, NIA dance, Eden College dance, WISH (Women In Singing Harmony) with Shelley 

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