Our photo of the month from September is entitled “Scenarios”. It comes from the Sistah2Sistah Mentoring Program for Girls initiated by WOMANTRA in Trinidad and Tobago. They explain the story behind this action-packed photo:
We were all in a circle (mentors and mentees) and had to take turns running to a spot and freezing in a random pose, the last person then had to combine all the random poses and come up with a title to describe the scene. The girls got quite inventive with their names… the exercise was to show the girls how powerful images can be in the context of social media and sometimes the intended message is not always the one received, especially when consumed by multiple viewers.
Founded in 2011, WOMANTRA is a community of Caribbean feminists throughout the Diaspora who are committed to working toward gender justice across borders, To learn more about their Sistah2Sistah mentoring program, you can read this feature article from earlier this year. WOMANTRA has been a grantee partner of FRIDA since 2013.
What happens when more than 35 young feminists from all over the world get together in the same room? Strong connections are formed, ideas are exchanged, plans are made, skills are shared, and much more. This is what happened during the Young Feminist Convening organized by FRIDA | The Young Feminist Fund, in partnership with Just Associates (JASS), Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID), and Women Win in Thailand during 27-29 May, 2014.
At the end of August, FRIDA was mentioned in an illustrated article by Russian artist Victoria Lomasko who happened to capture a special moment of Girl Activists of Kyrgyzstan reviewing FRIDA’s grant application. The group shared with us the same moment Lomasko captured, but in photographic form.
We are Girls Activists of Kyrgyzstan. We are from 13-16 year old. We are all different, we have different hobbies, different school, different appearances, we live in different places and we have different lives. But we are all one, we have the same opinions and the same aims.
We need books that will be equal for girls and boys, books about great achievements of women. We need to stop harassment in schools, at home and in the streets. We want to study science without mockery. We need schools without bulling and racket. We need schools for us and about us! We are fighting for the world without violence, discrimination, hate, injustice and gender inequality! We should be heard!
FRIDA grantee partner, Revolt Social Workers, in Ljubljana, Slovenia recently supported a direct action against sexism.
The aim of the action was to bring feminism on the streets and involved marches, creative art installations and stops in front of different sexist institutions. For example, one of the stops was in front of SAZU – Slovenian Art and Science Academy. According to RSW, SAZU has more than 100 members, but only 5 of them are women. The action in the picture is in front of the Slovene national television. “They recently played a documentary, ‘Between sexes’ that was very offensive to women,” explains RSW.
RSW has been a FRIDA grantee partner since 2013. See their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/
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Bonnes nouvelles! Nous gardons notre appel à propositions ouvert pour 7 jours! Les applications sont maintenant en raison du 4 Août 2014 au 12:00pm GMT. Détails de l’application:http://bit.ly/