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Women’s stories

April 4, 2016

On this page we hope to have some of the stories of women who pass through the Centre, as well as their own writings. For a start, here are two letters from ex-residents: A letter of thanks to Saartjie Baartman Centre staff from Zeenat (not her real name), a shelter resident: I hereby wish to

Children’s Corner

April 4, 2016

Risk Benefit Solutions Easter Party For the last two years, one of our most loyal supporters, Risk Benefit Solutions, has given an Easter party to the children in the Shelter. Apart from the fun of searching for Easter eggs – and of course eating them – the children have been entertained and fascinated by the

Clothesline Project

February 9, 2016

The Clothesline Project centrally involves women and children who write or paint onto T-shirts testimony of their direct experiences of violence and abuse. This national project employs the metaphor of “hanging out society’s dirty laundry”, and the public disclosure of abuse is often therapeutic for those who choose to do so. This collaboration between the

Digital Diaries Project

February 9, 2016

The Saartjie Baartman Centre undertook a pilot digital diaries project during the period August – December 2010 with seed funding provided by Take Back the Tech Small Grants. Internationally known film maker Shelley Barry was contracted as facilitator and Irma Maharaj coordinated the project. The process entailed weekly training and recording workshops for the duration