Imbokodo: Women Who Shape Us

South African women are silent no more on our roles in advancing our lives as artists, storytellers, writers, politicians, and educationists.

We are thrilled to have commissioned the publication of a groundbreaking series of books with Jacana Media with funding from the National Arts Council.

Imbokodo: Women Who Shape Us is a three-book series that is made up of the following titles:

  1. 10 Curious Inventors, Healers and Educators
  2. 10 Extraordinary Leaders, activists and Pioneers
  3. 10 Singers, Writers and Artists

The title ‘Imbokodo’ was chosen as it is a Zulu word that means “rock” and is often used in the phrase ‘Wathint’ Abafazi, Wathint’ Imbokodo!’, which means “You Strike a Women, You Strike a Rock!”

Aimed at 9-14-year-olds, these superb books introduce you to the powerful stories of South African women who have all made their mark and cleared a path for women and girls. These books recognise, acknowledge and honour our heroines and elders from the past and the present. Authors Dr Athambile Masola and Dr Xolisa Guzula did an excellent job capturing these powerful stories that we know will be shared for years to come.

We are incredibly proud to be part of this project and applaud the Authors and Jacana Media for bringing these women’s stories to the forefront. We have received 6 000 copies of the books in isiXhosa, isiZulu, Sesotho, Afrikaans and English and are excited to distribute them to schools and children’s organisations across South Africa.