Michel Friedman, Associate

Michel Friedman What Michel does with G@W

Michel was at the founding meeting of Gender at Work in Washington DC in 2003 and started working part-time as the South African Program Manager in 2004. She is currently a Senior Associate and manages the South African work. She has been leading the facilitation team that supports local Gender Action Learning (GAL) processes, and so far, she has worked with and supported 14 organizations from civil society including trade unions, NGOs, CBOs and members of social movements. She has also supported teams in Mozambique and the Horn of Africa with GAL processes.

Year she joined G@W

2004

...and why

“I’ve always been interested in the relationship between process and outcome, and sometimes preoccupied with the question of how can I as a feminist make sure I don't reproduce that which I'm fighting against? In the last decade and a half, I've become more and more intrigued with how personal transformation is linked to social transformation. I’ve recognized that it is virtually impossible to achieve the kinds of outcomes many of us desire as feminists if we are unable to address the consequences of historical trauma and its effect on the body, heart and mind.”

“I’ve always been interested in the relationship between process and outcome, and sometimes preoccupied with the question of how can I as a feminist make sure I don't reproduce that which I'm fighting against?”

Where else she has worked

Prior to Gender at Work, Michel was a founding member of the South African feminist journal, Agenda. She also worked as the National Gender Coordinator for the National Land Committee and managed the Associates Program at the African Gender Institute at the University of Cape Town. 

Other work on gender and institutional change

Michel has played various roles as researcher, facilitator, editor, program coordinator and trainer. She has also worked in many different sectors including violence against women, housing, land, water, rural development / agriculture and organizational development. She has studied several 'energy-based' disciplines including Jin Shin Jyutsu, Resonance Repatterning and Capacitar. Nowadays she includes practices from these disciplines in all the work she does, experimenting with how to make it a core feminist practice, the notion of 'body sustainability', and how that might be linked to 'sustainable development’.

Dreams & Passions

“I regularly practice Tai Chi and Qi Kong, walk on the beautiful beaches and mountains of Cape Town (where I live), read whenever I can and love listening to South Africa Jazz.”

Contact

Email: Michel.friedman1007@gmail.com
Skype: michelf_ct