Human Library is a concept created by Ronni Abergel, Dany Abergel, Christoffer Erichsen and Asma Mouna in 2000 and it is now operational on five continents. It is a library of human beings, individuals, that each represent a group in the community that are somehow exposed to stigma, prejudice and/or discrimination.
Social evolution comes through engagement and enlightening conversations. The Human Library provides a safe conversational space, where difficult questions are expected, appreciated and answered by the Human Book on loan. The people who volunteer as 'books' come from backgrounds or situations that are stigmatised or stereotyped. We are excited to host the first event in Cape Town to interested parties as part of Lead SA’s ongoing strategy to engage communities in talks that makes the world a better place— Saskia Hickey, Marketing Manager Lead SA Western Cape.
Patrons become readers, by taking a person out on loan for a conversation on the topic or issue, that they represent. Event attendees can look forward to a wide range of books detailing topics such as health, beliefs, spirituality and sex. We hope that through our first lending library event in Cape Town who are able to challenge societal prejudices and to help people form a better understanding of those with whom they share their communities— Madi van Schalkwyk, Depot Manager for Human Library Cape Town
Event attendees can loan books with the following titles:
• Homeless • Tantra teacher & Witch • Ex-Gangster • Substance Abuse • Gay • HIV+ • Drag Queen and Son of a Preacher • Cross-Cultural Adoption • Rape Survivor • Domestic Violence • Organ Donor • Pastor
The Human Library Lead SA event will take place on Saturday, January 27, from 11am to 3pm at the Primedia Broadcasting offices in Cape Town. The event is free to attend, to attend simply register here.
For more information visit Human Library Cape Town's website: http://www.humanlibrarycapetown.org/