A Weekend at #WOW and Thoughts on Africa’s Feminism

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http://tjez.gob.mx/perdakosis/7665 Any weekend spent at the Southbank Centre feels awesome for a culture geek like me, but a couple of things had me feeling like I was walking on air as soon as I walked into the Royal Festival Hall on Saturday morning.

click First, I was struck by just how diverse the women around me were: in age, sexual orientation, race, physical ability, religion, and by how inclusive the atmosphere was. Afros mixed with hijabs, mixed with blond hair, mixed with shaved heads. It felt really cool to be part of a sisterhood, without judgement. Whatever we looked like, or believed, we were there, together, because we shared similar interests, concerns, dreams and challenges. And that’s a powerful thing.

go I was also struck by how visible African influences were, at least in terms of imagery, arts and crafts. In the main lobby or “marketplace”, there were a number of privately run stalls featuring many different things, but lots of ankara clothes, jewelry, and soft furnishings. While I don’t know the modalities of getting/running a stall at WOW, there sure was a lot of African print! Perhaps African print has come to represent diversity in general? (That possibility makes me proud.) When you think about globally impactful images of diversity, there’s probably none more powerful (and apolitical?) as African print today.

köp Viagra 120 mg på nätet WOW runs for a week every year, around International Women’s Day, and the sheer number of sessions, many run in parallel, means you can’t attend every discussion. We talked about intersectional politics, sexuality, being female in the media/music industry, ISIS/Yazidi women, the politics of public toilets, sexual abuse, reclaiming our bodies after abuse, black feminism, asian feminism, domestic violence, the list goes on…On Sunday, a group started with a 9am run and then the day ended with a performance by Sister Sledge. Every discussion motivates you, inspires you, energises you and empowers you. 30 of them are recorded here.

http://mhs.se/saab-50ar/?sid=c2bee110f6083c9acae02a7b8554fdae All weekend, I kept asking myself: “In the midst of all this positivity, empowerment, sisterhood and diversity, where is the African feminist voice? Is there a place for ‘African feminism’? Do we need it? Are our issues peculiar? And how do we create clear and organised thought and advocacy around it?”

iscriversi per giocare in borsa con azioni binarie As I weaved in and out of the discussions and eavesdropped on the buzzy conversation in the lifts and lobby, I noticed that when Africa came up, we talked about Boko Haram and the Bring Back Our Girls campaign, or we talked about FGM. On one occassion, we talked about the incidence of rape in South Africa, the so-called ‘rape capital of the world.’ Incidentally, Nimco Ali, FGM survivor, an anti-FGM campaigner, and speaker at WOW, blogs about what the annual festival means to her here.

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