Kim’s Quest To Dismantle Patriarchy

Introduce yourself

Hello! My name is Kim Windvogel and I am a 25 year old feminist 2016 and an Activator based in the Western Cape.

What is your field of passion/interest?

I am a feminist and I believe in the empowerment of youth to drive change in this country, where 66% of the population fall under the age of 35.

What are you doing to drive change?

I run an organisation with 2 other extremely dynamic womxn of colour: Kelly Koopman and Loren Loubser called FEMME – Freedom of Education Motivates Empowerment. We believe students need an alternative educational structure that encourages creative, interactive learning and focuses on the needs of the student.

How has ACTIVATE! Supported you in driving that change?

ACTIVATE! is a very emotionally and mentally taxing programme. If you are ever a part of ACTIVATE! you need to trust the process and completely immerse yourself in the workshops. It’s like with every module I feel my body and mind growing stronger and stronger. ACTIVATE! puts you into contact with like-minded people and challenges you to think about things critically and then to structure those thoughts to come to your own, better understanding.

Acknowledging August as women’s month, what does it mean to be a woman in leadership in South Africa today?

It means not merely filling leadership positions, but changing the narrative of patriarchy and to use your voice for the womxn and feminist agenda.

What should be the priority in setting the agenda for South Africa in the next 5 years?

Education that is not prejudiced and does not continue to push the agenda of the previous regime. Education that empowers our learners to understand their histories. Restructuring what food security means by distributing our award-winning South African produce to South Africans, not exporting it for profit. Dismantling the societal constructs (Imperialist White Supremacist Capitalist Patriarchy – bell hooks) that prohibit people from growing and freely existing.

How do you motivate yourself?

I remind myself where my people come from and how far we still have to go. This means constantly opening wounds and being cognisant of the injustices we face as people-, and womxn of colour.

Final comments?

“Like the kings in the past who forced their sons to watch as they would perform the ritual of beheading the criminals, I am forced to look at the oppression of my people, womxn and not turn my head or even blink. I have to be strong. Not for my father, but for my mothers and my daughters”

 Those who have voices that people listen to, it is not enough to ignore what is going on in the world and how it is a system of oppression that keeps society ill-informed to its doings so that it can continue the oppression of marginalised groups. It is not enough to turn away. We need to challenge and sometimes we need to take ourselves to places that seem too dark to process in order for humanity to heal itself and to dismantle the patriarchy.

Leave a Reply

Sign up for our newsletter

Our newsletters are a round-up of the actions, conversations and thoughts of the ACTIVATE! network. Keep up with what’s happening in our network by reading our newsletters. Sign up here to receive them directly in your mailbox and read more stories of South African youth doing amazing work in their communities. This is the fabric of inspiration for a nation, the catalyst of youthful energy, understanding and action.


Co-financed by the Federal Republic of Germany through KfW and the DG Murray Trust.

All copyrights reserved for. The data presented here is from a sample of the Activate Change Drivers Network surveyed in 2017. Though efforts were made to make the sample representative of the Network, normal limits of sampled data should be considered in the use of this data. The information contained in this website is for general information purposes only. The information is provided by Siyashesha Leadership Incubator, the managing entity of the A! Change Drivers programmes and A! Change Drivers Network. While we endeavour to keep the information up to date and correct, we make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to the website or the information, products, services, or related graphics contained on the website for any purpose. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk. In no event will we be liable for any loss or damage including without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, or any loss or damage whatsoever arising from loss of data or any benefit arising out of, or in connection with, the use of this website.