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Finding My Feminist Voice
Transcript of Finding My Feminist Voice
by: Amina Doherty
Naming my Feminism...
Finding my feminist voice...
And of course I am afraid, because the transformation of silence into language and action is an act of self-revelation, and that always seems fraught with danger. But my daughter, when I told her of our topic and my difficulty with it, said,
“Tell them about how you’re never really a whole person if you remain silent, because there’s always that one little piece inside you that wants to be spoken out, and if you keep ignoring it, it gets madder and madder and hotter and hotter, and if you don’t speak it out one day it will just up and punch you in the mouth from the inside.”
- Audre Lorde
“They said, “You are a savage and dangerous woman.”
I am speaking the truth. And the truth is savage and dangerous.” - Nawal El-Saadawi (Woman at Point Zero)
Wangari Maathai - Kenya
The first African woman to win the Nobel peace prize. She advocated for ecofeminism and was also the first East African woman to hold a doctorate.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
"We should all be feminists...."
"My attitude to feminism is this: I am a happy feminist. I think all fair-minded people should be...I believe in the basic idea of feminism: that while men and women have their biological differences, those differences should not be used as a reason for any political, economic or social disadvantaging of women."
Amina Mama - Nigeria
Activity: Finding your Voice...
Where you come from (community, country, however you identify...)
*Keep it personal
Think of objects, images, words, who inspires you...
Come up with a SIX WORD STORY
CREATE: Poem, Photograph, Artwork....
PART 1: TELL YOUR STORY
Peggy Antrobus - Grenada/Barbados
‘The Global Women’s Movement’ is a movement ‘formed out of many movements shaped in local struggles and brought together in the context of global opportunities and challenges ... ...’ (Antrobus 2004 1-2)
Part II: Young Women Speak Out
We will each make a 2 -3 min video: "If you could change one thing in Jamaica today what would it be and why? How will you use your voice? How will you SPEAK OUT for women's rights and gender equality?
Groups, Clubs, Internships, Programs, Friends...
But what about women like me?
Black? African? Caribbean?
GIRLS, GIRLS, GIRLS
Systems of Advantage
include discrimination, stereotypes, prejudice, but most importantly: POWER & PRIVILEGE...These systems include: racism, ableism, imperialism, classism...
- Kim Katrin Crosby
Audre Lorde - Grenada/USA
Why do we need feminism?
FEMINISTS I LOVE....
Using My Feminist Voice...
Young Feminist Organising
“Being a feminist means to me the same as the meaning of the fact that I am Black: it means that I must undertake to LOVE myself and to RESPECT myself as though my very life depends upon self-love and self-respect.”
- June Jordan
"….I invite you to…believe that your life has the potential to be powerful. There is no right way to create a ‘just’ world…but it is worthwhile to try." - Courtney E. Martin
“Do it Anyway: The New Generation of Activists"
Don't act too smart!
Don't chat too much
WOMEN'S RIGHTS, EQUALITY, JUSTICE, SELF RESPECT, LOVE, FREEDOM
- Rasheda James-Saadiya, USA (IMOW)
What are some of the issues that affect girls in your community?
Are you glad you're a girl?
Do you think you can change things?
WHAT IS FEMINISM?
WHAT ARE YOUR RIGHTS?
We are all born free and equal
education, healthcare, freedom of thought......