Fostering socio-economic development for women through walking and safety

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#FunkItImWalking aims to make it safe for a woman to walk at any time in any condition. Founded circa. 2014, #FunkItImWalking began as an alternative form of protest against insecurity and general lack of safety for women in South Africa. Having experience the stark differences in community safety worldwide, #FunkItImWalking founder Nomsa Mazwai aka Nomisupasta declared, 'amidst all of this fear, #FunkItImWalking" and recognised the benefits of walking from health to community safety to economic prosperity and environmental sustainability. In 2020, #FunkItImWlaking launched night walks in an effort to reclaim the streets in order to enable safety. Having been part of the International Class at the East Side Institute in New York Nomsa was exposed to the idea of transformative performance (see Fred Newman and Lois Holzman, Dan Friedman) and having also completed an Ma in International Political Economy and Development at Fordham University and on the ground experience in the Eastern Cape, Nomsa began to imagine how the performance of safety could enable safety in a community, and how safety impacts economic development and the environment needed for economic opportunity. In this conversation, we talk to about socio-economic development through walking.

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