Meet Kim Windvogel at Gothenburg Book Fair
Kim Windvogel is a UN Fellow and one of the founders of the South African organization FEMMEPROJECTS. Kim is also one of our guests at the Gothenburg Book fair in September! Read the introduction about Kim below, and save the dates 26-29th of September when you are able to meet Kim in our stand at Gothenburg Book fair.
Tell us four things we need to know about you!
I am unequivocally, head over heels, totally queer.
Snoek, a type of fish only caught in my province, is my favourite fish.
I am a top 200 young South Africans for 2019 as voted by Mail and the Guardian.
I want to live in a different country at some point in my life.
How did you get involved in the menstrual equity movement?
I was tasked to work on the provincial Teenage Health Programme in the Western Cape of South Africa. Our job was to ensure that menstruating learners have access to sustainable sanitary resources, therefore we disseminated the menstrual cup and provided training on how to use it for most impact and to ensure efficacy.
What is your best memory from your work with menstrual equity?
Learning that all of the work we do in activist spaces are linked. Reproductive health is an umbrella term that is inclusive of all things relating to reproduction - menstrual health, queer health, birth control, abortions, the scope is big. Lastly, not only women menstruate - the education that I have gone through while being in this sector has been magnificent.
What aspect of the menstrual equity movement will you focus on during the Swedish Book fair?
I will focus mostly on the movement from a South African perspective and how the conversations have shifted in the last five years. I will also talk about language surrounding menstruation and how we should be more inclusive by steering away from gendered language as there are men who menstruate too. Saying 'women' every time to indicate that someone menstruates is essentialist.
Thank you Kim for that introduction, we can’t wait for you to teach us more on these subjects at the fair.