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'This is my body'- women take a stand at Noord taxi rank

Women have taken a stand against rape culture and violence against women at the Noord taxi rank in the Johannesburg CBD. 

Noord Taxi Rank, Womens Day
Olivia Phalaetsile

One of the organisers of the march, Keitumetse Moutloatse, says taxi ranks are notorious for being hot spots for violence against women. 


"The significance of that is I am a commuter and I interact with patriarchy, misogyny, catcalling and body shaming at taxi ranks on a daily basis. We are actively claiming a space that always objectifies us."


The women took off their bras and exposed parts of their bodies to make it clear their bodies belong to them. 


"It feels liberating to be dressed so less in a place where I am always not safe in. It's important for us to do this so that the next generation to follow understands that women are powerful," says a woman who preferred to remain anonymous. 



Noord Taxi Rank, Womens Day 2
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Noord Taxi Rank, Womens Day 3
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Noord Taxi Rank, Womens Day 3
Olivia Phalaetsile

One of the organisers, Sibongile Shope, says this is also about women loving one another. 


"This is the first episode of a series called 'I love black women'. The whole point is for us to focus on how we as women love each other, how we celebrate each other and how we love ourselves when we are met with so much violence on a daily basis," says Shope. 

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