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Image by Nkgopoleng Moloi
The legacy of patriarchy and misogyny has resulted in
a pervasive culture that makes womxn feel unsafe in
Johannesburg. Due to this, womxn have had to find
strategies of survival to allow them to navigate the city
—these strategies entail their own mappings of routes
and lines that allow them to move through the city.
Through this research, I will examine my own journey
of walking from the Gautrain Park Station to the Wits
Art Museum via Jorissen Street—using my own
experiences as a method to generate insight and
knowledge. The framework underpinning this
research is the notion of theorising from the epicentres
of our own agency, particularly thinking through how
womxn can use their own embodied experiences of
living in the world as a valid starting point from which
Wits Art Museum via Jorissen Street
Narratives of Mobility // Navigating from Gautrain Park Station to
If When you get provoked,
Do not make eye contact.
Remember that there is
strength in numbers. Beware
of any place that is isolated.
Points of Safety:
Rea Vaya Bus stop (students,
particularly female students.
Male students can also be
Hair salons (plenty of other
Other Womxn and Children.
Intersections (enough foot
Grocery shops and general
stores (families, womxn and
Be both visible and invisible.
If When you get attacked,
remember not to use
gendered words or phrases
to call for help.
Walk at a steady pace.