Lindsay Kelland describes herself as a feminist philosopher, merging academia with social activism.
“We have so many issues about social justice in this country” says Lindsay. “And the problem is that because not everyone is directly affected many don’t see themselves as part of the perpetuating this”.
I am speaking to her at a table at the Day Kaif where she is calmly and efficiently organizing a table stand for the Silent Protest, passing out shirts to late participants and hanging a banner which reads “Rape Affects Hurst All”.
Wearing a Rape Survivor T-shirt herself Lindsay says that her academic work has involved coming to a deeper understanding of rape as a social and cultural norm.
“There are all these false ideas and ways that people think about rape to do with “real rape”, “stranger danger” and “deviance” that just reinforces these patriarchal values in our every day lives,” said Lindsay.
“My PhD on rape and other work has helped me to understand not only what happened to me but what is happening everywhere. And how you these acts are by their very nature silencing, how they position people into a condition of powerlessness,” she said.
Lindsay is a Committee Member for GenAct and also works to research and aid the supply of sanitary products among girls in public schools.
South Africa commemorates Women’s Month in August as a tribute to the more than 20 000 women who marched to the Union Buildings on 9 August 1956 in protest against the extension of Pass Laws to women. This August, GAP is publishing a micro-profile a day on women working in Grahamstown in 2015.
About the photographer: Jane Berg is a photojournalist working in Grahamstown finishing her Bachelor of Journalism Degree at Rhodes University. She is the Media Officer for The Gender Action Project. You can see more of her work at www.janebergphotography.tumblr.com and on her Facebook page.