“You strike a woman, you strike a rock”


This year’s Jozi Book Fair Festival – JBF invited social movements organisations to have discussions about their work and their struggles. Looking at JBF 2018 the Gauteng Community Health Care Forum – GCHCF launched their book called Our Lives, Our Communities. Our Lives, Our Communities is about life-story of community health workers in Gauteng, they telling stories about their personal life and their daily work they do as care workers. The GCHCF had been in a battle with Gauteng Department of Health to absorb them permanently not as volunteers. There had been protests, marches, picketing, arbitration and occupations by CHWs. The CHWs never gave up on their struggle, one of struggle slogan to be referred to them is “You strike a woman, you strike a rock“.

Come to the JBF Festival on Saturday, 31 August 2019 from 9am to 11am, at Mary Fitzgerald Square, Newtown to meet the GCHCF and People’s Health tackling the issues of ‘building a health movement and women’s health’, this will be an opportunity to know more about the struggle of health in the working class and what issues faced on a daily basis. Remember JBF Festival its free so bring family and friends to witness the work of the working class.

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