Sistah2Sistah began as an initiative of an online feminist/gender forum in 2014 and has grown into its own entity over time in Trinidad and Tobago. It began primarily as a mentorship program for girls between the ages of 11-12 who are preparing to transition into secondary school. Over the years, however, the group has been evolving and transitioning, so that even more girls and women can be reached.The group aspires to mitigate the largely unquestioned & rigid hierarchies cultivated for young women and girls in society. Grounded in feminist principles, Sistah2Sistah introduces participants (‘lil sistahs’) to a range of topics outside the purview of the school curriculum but critical to a girl’s development. The aim of the program is to expose girls to alternative narratives around issues and situations that they will inevitably encounter in their lives as young women.
The group hopes this endeavour will encourage solution based discourse and raise consciousness about patriarchy, sexism and gender-based violence. Sistah2Sistah will engage young women around critical issues of self-development that will help to nurture empowered individuals while building solidarity among a community of young women
Quantifying success in terms of empowerment, confidence, knowledge and sharing can be a difficult task. However, the group is motivated every time they feel their mission is accomplished when a young woman learns to question and push, after one of their programmes. “They push the boundaries of themselves and their communities. Little girls who see that being a girl/woman isn’t a weakness or a limitation and that they are free to create their own spheres of being,” is a significant achievement for the group.