Posts tagged Feminism


Feminism is for everyone. Photo: Jay Morrison/ Flickr
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Workin’ Woman Blues

Mapule Mohulatsi  a South African writer and reader shares the experiences of members of her ‘after work, working girls’ session. The group is made up five working girls who occassionaly meet and speak about anything and everything – mostly about men, bosses, white people, sex, politics, babies, our own mothers, books, hair, and money.

Amina Doherty (pictured above)
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Unfinished Struggles: An interview with Amina Doherty

Amina Doherty is an African-Caribbean feminist and women’s rights advocate. Her work is centered on raising awareness for social justice through movement-building and innovative approaches to philanthropy. Her work takes many forms: art exhibitions, community programmes, cultural events and grant-making initiatives. She is committed to promoting justice and working towards social change through the intersection of art, culture and activism. Nancy Onyango caught up with her on the sidelines of the Black Feminisms Forum (BFF), held in Bahia, Brazil in September 2016 ahead of the 13th Association for Women’s Rights in Development forum. They talked about what it means to be a feminist, collective self-care and the importance of listening to each other’s struggles.

"We must confront uncomfortable truths in the feminist movement and name how whiteness plays out" - @mattersearth #AWIDForum (image courtesy of globalblackfeminisms.tumblr.com)
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We made Black Feminist Magic in Bahia

The Black Feminisms Forum (BFF), held in Bahia, Brazil, from 5 to 6 September 2016, brought together black feminists from different communities and contexts across the globe to celebrate the contribution of black feminisms to knowledge, practice and struggles for self-determination and justice. OluTimehin Adegbeye recounts what it felt like to be in a space where black feminists where celebrated and loved.

South Sudnanese women in a market in Lakes state. Photo: UNDP/ Flickr
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Women can build the nation

Women are known for their ability to shoulder responsibilities in their homes; those same traits that enable them to do so can be used to participate in nation building. I’m not going to list what makes women so resilient; instead, I’ll discuss how some traits can affect the community in both negative and positive ways, says Athiek Abraham.

“Many Black women are so conditioned to the struggles of living in a world where simply being one’s self is a radical act,” says Camira Powell (pictured above)
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Radical Acts: An interview with Caron Gugssa-Howard and Camira Powell

The Black Feminisms Forum (BFF) is scheduled to take place in early September this year in Salvador, Brazil, ahead of the 2016 Association for Women’s Rights in Development Forum. It will bring together Black feminists from different communities and contexts across the globe to celebrate the contribution of Black feminisms to knowledge, practice and struggles for self-determination and justice, while building solidarity across the boundaries of nation states. In the lead up to this event, This is Africa will be publishing a series of interviews, features and articles about Black Feminisms. In this instalment, Amina Doherty speaks to activists, Caron Gugssa-Howard and Camira Powell about the importance of creating safe spaces for Black feminists, among other things.