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.
We 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.