PJ Powers launched her new song ‘Walk In My Shoes’ at the Human Rights Festival which took place at Constitution Hill, Johannesburg, over the weekend. As an award winning musical artist, PJ Powers already has 12 gold discs, four platinum and a gold CD under her belt. She is also known as an author, writer, speaker and philanthropist.
‘Walk In My Shoes’ is a song that encapsulates the need for all of us to understand each other’s life journey’s from past to present and how we can support each other to deliver on our individual and collective needs and desires. It is a strong message for us to make sure we do not turn a blind eye to the social injustices around us.
PJ Powers wrote the song on the basis of her work with NGO Khulisa Social Solutions over the past 2 years. PJ has spent many hours engaging with underprivileged people from disadvantaged township communities. The song Walk In My Shoes is just one of the many tools that PJ Power will use to continue campaigning for social justice across South Africa.
I wrote a song about what it would be like to live in that community. and what would you tell a privileged person. The opening line is ‘Hey there, I would like to introduce myself to you’, and I think that’s the magic of the song. It’s a conversation that says, ‘take a walk in my shoes’.
PJ Powers and Professor Thuli Madonsela
Both social justice activists in their own rights, PJ Powers and Professor Thuli Madonsela joined forces to create awareness around World Social Justice Day at an event at Constitution Hill on 20 February 2018. This event marked the launch of The Thuli Madonsela Foundation and Khulisa Social Solutions ‘Walk in our Shoes’ collaborative programme. The campaign is based on interactive storytelling that promotes dialogue around issues relevant to social justice with a view to developing a measurable, sustainable call to action in order to bridge the great divide between the ‘haves’ and the ‘have nots’.
In just one month since the launch of this campaign, they have already achieved the following:
- Khulisa’s Transect Walk through Kliptown gives a snapshot of the broader concerns and puts attention on priority areas identified by the Kliptown community members. The different key priority areas that emerged from the analysis are: Economic vitality, Health, Socio-political and cultural issues and Broader Community Development.
- 3 companies offering the volunteer services of their staff totaling an amount of 200 individuals to participate in needs-driven community volunteer programmes which will include activities such as mentoring, crèche renovation, community gardens, recycling project, home-based care, establishment of sports facilities.
- The Embassy of the Netherlands have agreed to support the ongoing development of the Kliptown drama group. It is envisaged that the Kliptown drama group, all of whom has been trained in Khulisa’s Daring to Dream programme, will play a leading role in expanding this aspect of the programme to the area of Dhlamini.
- Secured partnership with Mindset TV which has a reach of over 8 million households in 54 territories in Africa. In South Africa the DStv platform alone reaches over 19 million people.
- Partnership with Civicus Academy / Hanns Seidel Foundation whereby a 2-day workshop is being scheduled with the Kliptown group in mid-May with a view to master training community-based ambassadors to roll the training out to all the community. It is to be noted that this partnership will be extended into all the communities where we will be rolling out our social justice movement. This will include training on democracy and human rights, including voter education.
- Constitution Hill partnership will be ongoing where we will jointly seek to promote advocacy and access to basic human rights in South Africa. Our Kliptown drama group’s performance was warmly received at the Constitution Hill’s inaugural Human Rights Festival on Saturday 24 March 2018.
- Contact has been made with the Johannesburg Development Agency with regards to a document entitled “Social Development Strategy – Kliptown – dated September 2004”. According to research conducted there have been no tangible development activities since the release of this research. It is suggested that this be followed-up and used to inform discussions with government going forward. A date for meeting pending following their acknowldgementt of our request for an appointment.
The collaboration between PJ Powers and Thuli Madonsela will continue with the launch of PJ Power’s new single, Walk In My Shoes, where Thuli Madonsela will appear in the music video – aiding to the carry though message of the ‘Walking in our Shoes’ campaign.
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