Joy Warries, co-founder of WOWMovement, is fourth generation community change agent. Her heritage boasts of a matriarchal ancestry of change agents as her great-grandmother, Christina Leukes from Calvinia, was a self-taught social entrepreneur and social worker, her grandmother, Nurse Farao was a midwife and social worker based in Wellington, and her mother, Hermione Julies started the programme Andreas in Stellenbosch. The remnants of this lineage of women fearlessly cultivating their own resources to assist vulnerable women and girl-child in their respective communities flows in Joy’s heart and WOWMovement’s foundation. At the age of 45 years, Joy began her undergrad at Cornerstone Christian College in Cape Town and obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Community Development and Theology in 2007.
Joy Warries is a participative leader and believes in the power of transformation of a human being. She is passionate about this and therefore stands out as a seasoned networker to achieve this goal. She continuously attempts to weave the element of justice in all her projects as addressing human rights injustices is at the core of her purpose in life. The foundation of WOWMovement is to capacitate the girl-child and women to understand their basic human rights and to be able to address it. The Justice Hub has various connect meetings and a ‘Feminar’ in August to address this. The Resilience and Eco-Hub programmes address the injustices that occur and/or occurred in each participants life.