Feminist, Activator and Strategic Rockstar. Carla Watson thrives in collaborative spaces to strategically shape the future for the marginalised and often overlooked.
She was recognised as one of the Top 200 South Africans for her contribution in Education (2019) and at just 31 years old she has just been recognised as one of 50 Most Powerful Women in the country by Mail and Guardian.
She is the Head of the Jakes Gerwel Graduate Teaching Fellowship which is focused on supporting and nurturing young people into high-impact high school teachers. Education and inclusivity are the pillars of her life’s work and vision and she strategically connects with individuals and organisations which resonate.
She is the founder of foryouandyours, an organisation focused on increasing visibility of LGBTIQ+ community and people of colour through greeting cards.
When she is not rocking a boat of social change, she is convincing her cat Thunder to become a lapcat.
Her piece in Living While Feminist is called ‘Scab’. In that piece she says:
“I am afraid of carrying the struggle … the struggle to either heal my pain or let it blind any glimpse of restorative justice in my country. I am afraid the very healing I work so hard for will mutate into justified anger, pain, revenge. How do I untangle all that I feel and experience every fucking day in South Africa, while remaining shackled to the responsibility of not flipping the fuck out and trending on Twitter.”
So today I’m talking with Carla about representation, inclusivity, and healing.