In their politics and practices women’s and feminist movements create various forms of counter-culture and alternative power relations. Set in the context of other social movements, this implies that integrating gender perspectives is not just about ‘including’ women or ‘thinking about’ men and gender minorities but, rather, considering what a gendered politics provides in terms of alternative ways of being, seeing and doing that in themselves serve to transform patriarchal power relations.
Jessica Horn, Gender and Social Movements: Overview Report (2013)

' Reclaiming the Feminine Voice' at Africa Writes , 11 July 2014, British Library. It was beyond a pleasure to moderate this electric panel! Featuring (L-R) Belinda Zhawi, Ribkha Shibatu, Warsan Shire and Chinwe Azubuike

Photo credit: Yves Salmon/ Africa Writes

Happy birthday to our ancestor June Jordan, a muse supreme as an essayist, poet and feminist activist. Am totally honoured that she picked my poem "Dis U.N: for Rwanda" for 1st prize in the Sojourner Poetry Prize way back in 2001…
As Angela Davis said of her in a eulogy: : “She changed people’s worlds with her words and she created beauty in the process”.‪#‎WeAreTheOnesWeHaveBeenWaitingFor‬ 


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Happy birthday to our ancestor June Jordan, a muse supreme as an essayist, poet and feminist activist. Am totally honoured that she picked my poem "Dis U.N: for Rwanda" for 1st prize in the Sojourner Poetry Prize way back in 2001…

As Angela Davis said of her in a eulogy: : “She changed people’s worlds with her words and she created beauty in the process”.‪#‎WeAreTheOnesWeHaveBeenWaitingFor‬ 

[Image by Alexis Pauline Gumbs]

For there are no new ideas. There are only new ways of making them felt, of examining what our ideas really mean (feel like) on Sunday morning at 7 AM, after brunch, during wild love, making war, giving birth; while we suffer the old longings, battle the old warnings and fears of being silent and impotent and alone, while tasting our new possibilities and strengths.
Audre Lorde, Poetry is not a luxury

#tbt some of the words I have birthed. it’s time to write more poetry….

African Feminist Forum solidarity statement with women's rights defenders arrested and detained in Cairo

africanfeministsrock:

As the African Feminist Forum Working Group we are distressed to hear that nine women human rights defenders were arrested on 21 June 2014 in Cairo after participating in a peaceful protest against the Protest and Public Assembly Law[1]. The nine women are: Yara Sallam, Sanaa Seif, Hanan Mustafa…

That’s all anybody can do right now. Live. Hold out. Survive. I don’t know whether good times are coming back again. But I know that won’t matter if we don’t survive these times.
Octavia E. Butler, Parable of the Sower (via coffeebooksandfriends)

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africanfeministsrock:

Yara Sallam- arrested Saturday 21 June 2014 for defending the right of Egyptian citizens to participate in democracy. Self-identified Arab-African feminist; a human rights defender #freeyara

Solidarity is not only important in terms of having a collective feeling of support that we are all fighting for the same cause, to end patriarchy, but also because we all know different tools and have different skills. What African feminists, and other feminists across the globe, can do is to pressure the Egyptian government (through sending urgent appeals, hold protests or other forms of pressure) to let them know that there are other feminists watching out for their sisters and supporting them.
Yara Sallam, Egyptian feminist activist and human rights defender in an interview with Pan-African Feminist Hakima Abbas The Feminist Wire, 1 March 2012 #freeYara (via africanfeministsrock)