How did you come to feminism ?
Shaakira - Founder of The Only Space
Being a feminist to me is just simply being human. As a black womxn, it’s impossible for me to ignore both my gender and my race, since it impacts the way in which the world views me. It’s also probably one of the reasons that I am so interested in creating a space for womxn like me to feel safe and share their stories.
Growing up, my parents never tried to box me in, they always encouraged me to be proud in my heritage and identity, so it was a rude awakening when I stepped into the real world and began to realise that in many ways, society has put me at the bottom of their food chain. That’s why for me, being a feminist isn’t a choice, the only other option is to accept a world in which my existence is a footnote in history.
Onyeka - Founder of Griotte: From Her Own Lips
I arrived at feminism through Black and Brown womxn. Womxn who shared stories of pain, love, and healing with me. These womxn were and still are my home and community. Their journeys intersected with my own, pushing me to be a little more radical every single day. My relationship to feminism is best understood as a series of arrivals, because of their journeys.
To me, feminism is about the journey. It is about a desire to be free; the journey toward freedom. In traveling we ask questions about how to arrive at freedom. Feminism is about questions. We must ask different questions of the world inorder to arrive at freedom together.