Joy Watson is a senior research associate, author and writer. Her research areas of specialisation are analysing public policy and service delivery, as well as tracking funding flows from the perspective of building social equity. Her research and policy briefs have focused on both prevention and responses to violence, particularly in the area of violence against women and children. She has many years of experience in developing feminist responses to public policy, including as a senior researcher to the South African Parliament, as well working in the global arena. Joy is in the process of finalising her PHD on rape and public policy at the University of Stellenbosch.
Joy is Chair of the board of the Women on Farms project and sits on the Coordinating Committee of the Coalition of Feminists for Social Change. Together with Amanda Gouws, she has co-edited the book, Nasty Women Talk Back, A Collection of Feminist Essays on the Global Women’s Marches’ (Imbali, 2018). Her debut novel, The Other Me, a novel about emotional and psychological violence, was published by Karavan Press in 2022. Joy is also a contributor to Daily Maverick Life. She is based in South Africa.