Voices of Empowerment: 24 South African Women

The ninth of August is a public holiday in South Africa, National Women’s Day. In fact, the entire month of August is celebrated as a Women’s Month.

I received this email from Ruth Hobday, editor in chief at Blackwell & Ruth, the publisher of a book and exhibition project, 200 Women – who will change the way you see the world.

Dear Masako,

I hope all is well with you and that you and your loved ones are keeping safe and well. We’re delighted and honoured that the Nelson Mandela Foundation in collaboration with Google Arts and Culture is hosting an exhibition of the 24 inspiring South African women from 200 Women. The online exhibition “Voices of Empowerment” featuring your images, interview and video from 200 Women launches today, 9 August, in celebration of National Women’s Day. Click here to view: g.co/voicesofempowerment.

We continue to be humbled and inspired by your stories, and feel immensely privileged to once again share them with the world.

With much aroha from Geoff, Ruth and the Blackwell & Ruth team.

Having lived in South Africa nearly 30 years, I feel so honoured and humbled to be included in this exhibition as a South African woman!

What is the 200 Women project? This is how Goodreads explains:

Two hundred women from a variety of backgrounds are asked the same five questions. Their answers are inspiring human stories of success and courage, love and pain, redemption and generosity. From well-known activists, artists, and innovators to everyday women whose lives are no less exceptional for that, each woman shares her unique replies to questions like “What really matters to you?” and “What would you change in the world if you could?” Interviewees include conservation and animal welfare activist Jane Goodall, actor and human rights advocate Alfre Woodard, along with those who are making a difference behind the scenes around the world, such as Marian Wright Edelman, head of the Children’s Defense Fund. Each interview is accompanied by a photographic portrait, resulting in a volume that is compelling in word and image—and global in its scope and resonance. This landmark book is published to coincide with an immersive traveling exhibition and an interactive website, building on this remarkable, ever-evolving project. With responses ranging from uplifting to heartbreaking, these women offer gifts of empowerment and strength—inviting us to bring positive change at a time when so many are fighting for basic freedom and equality.

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