Shereen Essof

Cape Town
Director of Programs
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Shereen is a respected Zimbabwean feminist, activist, popular educator, academic and former regional director for JASS Southern Africa. She is known and appreciated for her huge energy and infectious, warm laugh, and for living her feminist principles in everyday life in unpretentious ways.

In her newest role as Crossregional Programs Director, Shereen is coordinating the iterative rollout and alignment of JASS' political and strategic priorities with re-organization and consolidation as a network that effectively supports feminist movement building.

Shereen’s academic work is grounded in her engagement with women in trade unions, social movements, and community-based organizations. She strives to understand the roots and the gendered nature of neo-liberal, patriarchal systems, and from that understanding to imagine and organize towards alternatives. She worked at the Zimbabwe Women’s Resource Centre and Network in Harare for six years, and then with the African Gender Institute at the University of Cape Town. At the same time, she has shared her time and capacities with other social justice organizations, not only to strategize, mobilize, and take action but also to create accessible information through oral histories, documentary, creative writing, and art.

Shereen has published widely on feminism, women's movements, and social movement organizing in both online and hard copy journals in South Africa and internationally. An avid reader and walker, Shereen often spends her downtime lapping up the light on the Cape seaboard with a good book in hand. She also enjoys exploring Cape Town's world-renowned graffiti art.

 

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