One of the best parts of FEMMEPROJECTS is that our Directorship is all womxn and completely youth-led.
Our leadership has a cumulative background in Performance and Social Development. FEMMEPROJECTS was created in 2014 after being approached by the Transnet Foundation to develop a Comprehensive Sexual Education (CSE) and Sexual & Reproductive Health & Rights (SRHR) curriculum for young womxn enrolled at under-resourced schools based in rural and urban communities across the Western Cape in South Africa.
For the past 4 years we have managed this workshop, developing a feminist approach to Gender Identity & Expression, CSE & SRHR education. Since our inception we have facilitated just over 4000 learners using our taboo-free educational approach. What makes our method unique? We provide Sustainable Sanitary Resources that will ensure that young menstruating learners are able to attain an education in order to become active and thouroughly involved citizens of South Africa and the globe.
Our name is an acronym for Freedom of Education Motivates Empowerment and this is our core belief. Now an independent organisation we are committed to applying our interactive, intersectional, interactive approach to educating and empowering youth around areas including: sexual education, gender, identity, reproductive rights and puberty.
We believe that our current education system, particularly the approach to educating young womxn particularly in Life Orientation needs drastic reform. We aim to provide young learners in school to have access to accurate, effectively communicated information that will support them in making well informed choices. We align ourselves with Chapter 9 of the Equal Education Handbook which encourages inclusivity and asserts that school policy should adhere to the Constitution in ensuring learner’s freedom of expression, right to privacy and the rights of LGBTQI and Trans Learners.
We believe that learners should have free and well facilitated safe spaces to talk and ask questions about their bodies, sex and all aspects related to sexual and gender identity. Puberty can be frightening and lonely. Learners are often confused at what’s happening to their bodies often feel unable to talk to educators and guardians about their experiences and questions. By only teaching learners about abstinence and without creating supportive, safe and honest spaces learners remain both repressed and vulnerable to depression, sexually transmitted diseases, poor decision making, abuse and teenage pregnancy.