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Intersections of Change

This Womxn’s Month we invite you to join us in an authentic and inspiring conversation about the challenges our society faces with regards to gender inequality and how we as a people can move toward gender equality by 2030, aligned with The United Nations Sustainable Development Goal.

Gender inequality challenges face all womxn, and in response to the United Nation’s call for “women and girls everywhere to have equal rights and opportunity, and be able to live free of violence and discrimination” - we will explore and unpack actionable responses to achieve a society where every womxn is:

  • Able to feel safe when they act with intent
  • Respected in the boardroom, at the braai and in every space she holds
  • Free
  • Prosperous, self-sufficient and equal leaders to men 
  • A Catalyst for Equality 

The conversation will be led by Mosidi Modise who is not only a member of the World Economic Forum Young Global Shapers Community but also a renowned entrepreneur and activist for womxn’s rights.  

Our invited panellists and past TEDxCapeTown speakers, who are forefront gender activists and thought leaders of gender equality, will speak to the theme and give us their insight on how we can achieve these goals by 2030. We invite you, our TEDx community, to ask questions and engage in this necessary and urgently needed conversation.

Panellists include: 

Dr Sindiwe Magona, is an award-winning author, storyteller, motivational speaker, actor, teacher (isiXhosa) and translator. In 2011 she was the recipient of the Order of Ikhamanga - a South African honour instituted on 30 November 2003 and granted by the President of South Africa for achievements in arts, culture, literature, music, journalism, and sports.

Dr. Magona has written over 150 children’s books, including folktales old and new, four stage plays; two books of short stories, including Living, Loving, and Lying Awake at Night (one of Africa’s 100 Best Books of the Twentieth Century); autobiography and biography; four novels; radio plays; and a screenplay. She writes in both English and isiXhosa; and translates for various media, including film; and is currently a writer-in-residence at the University of the Western Cape. She has received Honorary Doctorates from Hartwick College (USA) and Rhodes University (South Africa). 

Dr. Eve - is an internationally trained and accredited Couple & Sex Therapist, Clinical Sexologist in Private Practice. She lectures internationally on Cyber Infidelity, Complex Relationships in the Digital Age & Intimacy Trauma. For the last 20 years she has taught Sexual Medicine at the University of Cape Town, Medical School; was appointed as a WHO temporary advisor and has been a board member of WAS (World Association of Sexual Health) and ISSWSH (International Society of Women’s Sexual Health ). As the founder of the Dr. Eve brand she has had a strong media presence for the last 27 years, with her own weekly radio shows and television appearances. Currently, she has a  bi-monthly weekly live call-in show on Radio 702 and Cape Talk, with Aubrey Masango. 

Shimmy Isaacs, is a South African comedian, writer, and actress that has wowed audiences since she obtained her Honours Degree from AFDA in 2005. She later specialised in a performance technique called “THE NEED” at the Black Nexxus School of Performance in New York City. Since returning to South Africa in 2006 she has been a lecturer in the Acting Department at AFDA Cape Town, made her stand-up comedy début in 2011 at the Vodacom Funny Festival at the Baxter Theatre, and represented South Africa on various international stages including the Royal Carre Theatre in Amsterdam and the Comedy Festival in Glasgow, Scotland. Her acting career includes featured roles in the film Ellen Pakkies, directed by Award winning director Darren Joshua, and well known South African drama series Sara Se Geheim (3 seasons), and Arendvlei Season 2. In 2019, she was the creator and screenwriter for the sitcom Frieda, and currently is the Headwriter for feature Rom-com Comedy films at the Gambit film production company.