brave.RUN April 23, 2016.

Join Rock Girl for the first ever pan-community run from Khayalitsha to the center of Cape Town.

30 km of showing our support for one another.

30 km of sending a message of support to all women and girls, no matter where they live, letting everyone along the way know that we are not afraid, but united.

We will run a 30km course through the streets of Khayelitsha, Mitchells Plain, Nyanga, Gugulehtu, Manenberg, Lavender Hill, Rylands, Langa and Woodstock, passing police stations in each area and ending at the Rock Girl benches on Heritage Square in Cape Town.

Brave.RUN invites women, girls, boys and men from all the communities to join in along the way, running or walking for a few metres or kilometres.

Check points and water stations will be at police stations in each area, and transport will be provided at each police station to take runners who need lifts into town. Transport will be provided to runners who plan to complete the entire route, departing from Heritage Square to Khayelitsha at 07:00 on Saturday morning, 23 April 2016.

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Day 11: Returning Home

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The extraordinary Rock Girls arrived home last night as the sun set over Table Mountain. Over the last ten days, on our second road trip to the Northern Cape, we have tracked lions in the Kalahari, sang our hearts out headed towards the Tankwa Karoo, slept outside under shooting stars in Anysberg Nature Reserve, and met girls all along the way. Girls in Calvinia who face teenage pregnancy, girls in Matjiesfontein who don’t have a high school, girls in Upington who are working together to make their community safe and rid it of sexual violence. Brave girls. All as brave as our Rock Girls.

IMG_0712We used radio, photography, film, and our own writing to share their stories. On the last night of our journey, we sat in a circle tucked away in the mountains outside Springbok and shared our own stories. After ten days together, safe in each other’s company, some of us told stories that we had never shared before. Heartbreaking stories about parents who abuse daughters, little girls who are raped and sexually abused by family members and friends, daughters who never knew their parents. We sobbed, but then we linked arms and agreed to work together to ensure other girls are free from these horrors and that we will give them the safe spaces to share their own stories and find solutions.

We are strong, we are brave, we are Rock Girls.

Road Girls – On the Road Day 4

We were reminded of the power of radio this morning. Audrey and Thesline sent out a message of support to girls thanks to Radio Kaboesna in Calvinia.

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We arrived here last night after a spectacular sunset over the Tankwa Karoo. We feel very far from our homes here. Reaching Calvin required long hours over bumpy dirt roads. Screen Shot 2015-10-05 at 3.14.47 PMWe met girls preparing to for their final exams to graduate from high school and invited them on our bus. Unlike us, they haven’t had the opportunity to have a support group for girls. It made us realize how much confidence we’ve gained over the past five years as part of Rock Girl.

PA050019-2Things got hot fast once we headed north. We saw our first social weaver nest, a giant mass of straw built by tiny birds and quiver trees.

We pulled into Upington in time for a sunset cruise on the Orange River, a welcome sight after hours on the dusty road. As the sun went down, we danced to Boere Musiek and reflected on where travel can take you.IMG_8979Who thought we’d be doing the conga line to traditional Afrikaans music the night before we tour police holding cells at the Magistrate’s Court.