Gifting her birthday to young feminists
Apr 18, 2016 | Resource Mobilization

Dedicating your birthday for a noble cause is always a nice gesture but Barbora Nemcova’s celebration of her birthday this year has inspired many of us to utilise our special day to give to those who need resources the most.

A long time friend and supporter, Barbora decided to dedicate her birthday to the young feminist movement and we can’t stop seeing just how cool and amazing is that! Instead of receiving presents, she crowdfunded gifts to FRIDA and handmade her own origami thank you cards. Yeah, isn’t she super cool? We decided to learn more about Barbora, her ideas on mobilizing resources for the young feminist movement and what she learned from this entire experience. Some excerpts:

Can you remember your favorite birthday? 

That’s a tough question. There have been a few birthdays that were special in one way or another and I can’t really name just one. I probably can name the craziest, though. Six years ago, I convinced my friends to form a band and play at a local bar for my birthday. And they did – they even wrote their own songs! My friends were certain that nobody would let them play in a bar, but I told them to let me worry about that. I don’t really know what I was thinking. Maybe “don’t tell me what I can’t do”? When “the band” was getting ready, the bar owner asked me: “They’re not a real band, are they?” I just smiled and said no, he probably regretted ever agreeing to this at the moment… But it was great! Even though it was in the middle of the so-called snow days when buses weren’t running, the bar was packed and it was so much fun. I wish I had known it was going to be such a success, I could have turned it into a fundraiser.  🙂

And what made you to celebrate your birthday with FRIDA?

That was easy. I’m not really one for birthday parties and/or birthday celebrations in general. To me, getting officially older is not really that significant, there are more significant moments in life. But it is a day when people tend to think of you and so I wanted to turn this attention into something positive.