Kim is a Human Rights Defender and graduate form the University of Cape Town in South Africa.
Kim is the co-founder and Advocacy Officer of FemmeProjects and has, along with their co-founders worked with more than 4000 learners countrywide. Kim has great interest in policy influencing and implementation in South Africa and is a proud member of the Sexual & Reproductive Justice Coalition and an admin of Abortion Support South Africa (ASSA). In their free time, Kim writes poetry for queer people under the pseudonym Blazing non-binary and has released 2 anthologies: Resist The Paradox of Love and other Societal Disorders and Closet Conversations | a cause for chaos |. In 2018 they were part of the first cohort of fellows for the Outright Action International 's UN-programme that seeks to abolish religious-based homophobia at the United Nations. They were named on of the top 40 under 30 creatives to watch by Between 10 & 5 in 2018.
They enjoy public speaking and creating safe and brave spaces for people to have fellowship.
Projects for 2019 include the compilation and publication of a book of essays from Queer South Africans with Kwela Book Publishers, creating supplementary resource tool-kits for Comprehensive Sexual Education in schools with FemmeProjects and starting an Reproductive Justice Support Helpline with ASSA.
Find Kim on instagram @blazingnonbinary
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Kelly- Eve Koopman is a community leader that uses her many disciplines to propel social change. A theatre graduate, she has worked in both the theatre and film industry and has used these creative skills to develop, implement and commandeer initiatives that drive social transformation.
Kelly is one of the directors of FEMMEPROJECTS, an NPO that facilitates workshops on female empowerment in rural communities throughout the Western Cape. Over the past three years their programme has serviced 4000 young womxn in 20 disenfranchised schools in the Western Cape.
She has also been part of the core team project managing the Western Province rollout for the National Phelophepa Healthcare Train project. She has a strong and nuanced understanding of the South African social landscape and has demonstrated a track record of respectfully and effectively partnering with government, corporate and communities toward social upliftment. A prime example of this is her experience in project leadership and script development with the Handspring Puppet Company (2015-2016) in their annual CSI initiative project , a mass community parade in partnership with a local NGO in Barrydale.
Kelly is also an actor, writer and director. She is currently writing and co-directing the feature documentary film Strandloper, with Sarah Summers and in partnership with Gambit Films. She was recently named one of Mail and Guardian’s 17 people to watch in 2017.
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Loren Loubser is a young womxn of colour brought up by her single mother. Loren had a challenging past and acted out in many ways, she then decided to use her bold voice to lead others positively. Loren became a youth leader, youth counsellor, began working with youth organisations, and volunteered her time to create social change since 2008.
Loren then went on to study a BA in Theatre and Performance and graduated from the University of Cape Town in 2012 and she currently works as an actress in theatre and film as well as often using her training within the NGO/NPC industry. Since graduating Loren has committed to help other youth that come from difficult circumstances to address their struggles and find ways to overcome them or ways to make it easier and excel in their potential. Loren is committed to facilitating social change in her community, she believes that if we can educate the youth in a non-judgmental and appropriate open manner, that they will be empowered to make positive choices in life.
Loren uses her theatre training combined with her drive to create awareness and social change for the identified youth in all factors of her work. Loren was a vital part of the team organising and managing the Phelophepa Health Care Train in the Western Cape in 2015-2016. Loren is currently a volunteering Public Relations Officer for an NGO Children A’loud based in Ocean View and has been working with the NGO since 2013. She helps with running career guidance programmes and fun ways to counsel and guide the youth within their annual youth life-skills camps, as well as ways to fundraise. Loren is one of the Co-Directors and Co-founders of FEMMEPROJECTS and feels this is where she excels in using all her strengths combined and is in a safe space to grow amongst a strong sisterhood.
C: +2784 321 3065