2013 Aug.4: FEW’s 10th Anniversary

2013 Aug.4:  FEW 10th Anniversary

Bontle and Surprise of EPOC organisation

Exactly a year ago now, I joined the Forum for the Empowerment of Women (FEW), activists and allies to celebrate the 10th anniversary.
FEW is the black lesbian organisation that Donna Smith and I conceptualized in 2002 at a garage we called a home at # 7 Panther Street, Kensington, Johannesburg.
The event was held at the Women’s Gaol, Braamfontein, Johannesburg on the 4th Aug. 2012.

No one knew that a black lesbian organisation will live that long. It is with great pleasure to share the photos of those who were present.
It is a pity that those who were there at the forefront of the FEW were not present due to commitments or were not informed.
As we head towards 20 Years of Democracy, I’d like to share we many of how we started FEW and why.
Allow me to take this opportunity and express my gratitude to all those who were involved and also the current staff members who are pushing it today.

On the 27th January 2013,  FEW celebrated her 11th birthday.
May FEW live longer and see 20 more years to come.


FEW cake_0361

the cake that bind us…

Zoleka & Dikeledi_0387

L-R: former FEW director Zoleka and staff member Dikeledi Sibanda

Phindile Malaza_0048

dedicated FEW staff member Phindi Malaza

Bongiwe Maureen Lady Gaga_0242

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Fikile kaNtanzi

Cindy Molefe_0090

Centred is Cindy Molefe all the way from Limpopo also the founding member of Limpopo Proudly Out LGBT organisation

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FEW audience_0079

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FEW directors and BM_0308

L-R: former FEW directors and board member at the centre.
Zoleka, Sibusiso, JP, Donna and Dawn

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FEW supporters @ 10th _0024


the intellectual, Jade Madingwane

JP @FEW 10th_0330

the archivist/activist, Jabu of Iranti-org

Lindokuhle & Mpho_0094

Muholi presenting FEW story @ 10th_0191

Zanele Muholi presenting FEW story video archived since 2005.
In the pic is Sizakele Sigasa, hate crime victim who was brutally murdered in 2007.

Maureen Velile Majola_0116

Maureen Velile Majola, who was on an on about Rea vaya and PUTCO s needed dialogue


our poet and writer, Nhlanhla Nkosi

Lady Gaga_0042

Members of the audience_0030

ntokozo nzaca_0074

Sipho Mthathi_0081

that finger_0415
Tshidi Sepeng_0046

young activists_0097

young activists_0098

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Zama Sibiya_0011

Zama Sibiya a staunch member of Chosen FEW soccer team and CDP creative staff

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Far right, Nqobile Zungu

Zoleka Dawn & Virginia_0367

L-R: Zoleka, Dawn and Virginia


FEW Board member, Ntlotleng Mabena

Vuvu Deb Muholi Collen Ayanda_0385
Nosi & our Best Singer_0264

Article, transcript to follow…
If you know any person in these photos or remember what was said, kindly share with us.

Photos by Zanele Muholi (4th Aug. 2012)

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7 Responses to 2013 Aug.4: FEW’s 10th Anniversary

  1. Lynn Mabula says:

    Beautiful pics

  2. Thuli Tshili says:

    I know Bontle and Surprise, I know Dikeledi, and Nqobile Zungu. From the above pictures.

  3. Ramazan Ngobese says:

    Cha bahle obhuti no cc la ngaphandle. HBD FEW akuvamile nokho ukuthi I organisation yaloluhlobo ihlale isikhathi eside so

  4. Vania says:

    It was good to be there and we spoke about awareness and things that affect us as lesbian woman.

  5. Nhlanhla Nkosi says:

    On this day ideas flowed on how as a community we could ensure our safety and get our government to heed our calls for protection and also ideas on how our rights will come to life from the pages of the Constitution into our everyday lives.

  6. Elaine Salo says:

    Congratulations to the amazing women at FEW on the 10th anniversary. You inspire us all. Aluta continua for gender justice

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