20 Safe Spaces Benches in 2011

What a year! Together, we have created real Safe Spaces for girls and women, and everyone, in Cape Town. Inspired by the courageous young women from Red River Primary School in Manenberg, we have installed 20 “Safe Space” one-of-a-kind public benches all across Cape Town, inspired artists and designers to raise resources for real safe spaces, like the stunning art room designed with the help of Cecile and Boyd Foundation at Red River School in Manenberg, and encouraged government officials, policy makers, and urban designers to advance the need for safe spaces and end violence against women and girls.

On Sunday, 4 December, Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille switched on the Festive Season lights at the Cape Town Train Station, where Rock Girl has placed six Safe Space benches as part of a group exhibition that will run until early 2012, signifying the start of the holiday season and challenging us all to keep our city safe.  On the same day, Rock Girl, with the support of Table Mountain National Park, placed benches on two of the three iconic mountains surrounding Cape Town: Lions Head and Table Mountain.  And we have ten more benches in the design phase that will be rolled out in the new year.  Let us know where the next Safe Space benches are needed – we are inspired by your ideas and creativity.

None of this would have been possible without your generous support and inspiration.  We thank you for all you have done and invite you to join us as the campaign continues to grow in 2012.  Please enjoy the images and story below from one of our most ardent supporters, Freeworld Design Centre/Plascon.

Red River Primary School in Manenberg’s art room is officially open.  The ceremony held last week Thursday was a day filled with a colour spectrum of happiness and excitement.

Inspired by the Grade 6 girls (with the help of Rock Girl) are leading a campaign to create safe spaces for themselves and their peers. The art room was funded by the Cecile & Boyd’s Design for Charity Foundation with the design direction coming from Boyd Ferguson and design execution by Mia van Wyk and our Tracy.
All the paint was sponsored by Plascon with colour serving as the main focus of this project.  The aim and hope is that the colours chosen as well as the rest of the decor within the space will have a positive influence psychologically on the kids.

At the opening the kids were addressed by American Consulate General, Erica Barks-Ruggles as well as South African runner Elana Meyer, who also cut the ribbon and declared the art room open.

The kids were treated to a little party where they could get acquainted with their new space and just enjoy the fruits of their labour; after which we the guests of honor, Elana Meyer, were treated to some sweet dance moves by the kids.  The rhythm surely got us cheering them on and enjoying the show.

3 thoughts on “20 Safe Spaces Benches in 2011

  1. How kind! Thanks! YES, I do love snow and am afraid you are gntiteg ours this year. It has only snowed once here this winter. sigh I would like to say I love the benches but for all the snow I have to take your word for it that they are under there! dc

  2. Takk, kan trenge det etter e5 ha lf8pt etter f8rn og det som verre er i dag.Alvf8en, der er det fint. Hadde penalr i hf8st om e5 ta en tur ut dit og ta bilder av alle8en der ute. Hvis den fortsatt er der? Den me5 ha ve6rt fin i hf8stfarger. Men du vet, det er det med e5 fe5 tiden til e5 strekke til.Ne5 har vel alle bladene ble5st bort.Jeg var mye i Alvf8en som liten (10 -15 e5rs alderen) Var pe5 rideleir pe5 Alvf8en rideskole den gangen hver sommer. Og det var se5 mange flotte steder e5 ri der ute. Ne5 har jeg ikke ve6rt der pe5 noen e5r, se5 det er nok veldig forandret er kan jeg tenke meg.

  3. Love all your inspiration pthoos! We are going to be tweeking our laundry and mud rooms. I plan on board and batten and a soft grey/blue colour above. Cool hooks in the mudroom and some vintage vibe canisters for laundry room. Good luck with your transformation!

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