The Young Basadzi project has created a platform for young women to come together and share their stories. The project, which takes place every Thursday at the BAT Centre, provides a platform for women to share pieces of their lives through the spoken word.
Young Basadzi project member Busiswa Gqulu (pictured) explains how poetry can lead to self-discovery for women.
“Young women need a platform to express themselves, share their feelings and leave the place feeling stronger. This is how the Young Basadzi project was founded in 2002 by Rose Mokhosi, and it has been growing ever since.
“People come with their own topics, which range from homosexuality to abuse – others are more scary, like homophobia and Satanism. We try to make it less about the poem, but more of a conversation which is educational,” she said.
In 2006 the project launched a collection of poems by 13 young black women titled Basadzi Voices: Walk With Me.