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  • Simamkele Dlakavu (Sima) is storyteller and social activist who works as a human rights television producer on one of South Africa's most popular current affairs show-The Big Debate. I asked Sima about her hair and beautifully colored red and yellow wrap, and what it meant for her. She explained that she likes to keep her hair in various transitions, because it shows her younger nieces that it can grow out in different ways, and styled accordingly, given her natural curls.
  • While a student in college, she was drawn to the grassroots movements and political issues which were advocating for social change. During one of her first protests, she learned a song which included the names of many African leaders from the past, but she noticed one big problem : none of the names mentioned were women. The people who she saw as comrades didn’t always recognize the role that women played in the movement.
  • It was at this point that she decided to start organizing with other women as a means to highlight their unique perspectives, challenges and contributions to global movements.
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    Photographs: Compliments of Simamkele Dlakavu
    Location: South Africa
    Storyteller: Simamkele Dlakavu
    Interviewed and Produced by: Dawn J. Fraser
    Production Assistance: Abby Noyes, Maria Hernandez
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