TO FIND THESE FELLOWS IS THE MOST INSPIRING THING
WE’VE EVER DONE!
The young feminist media fellowship had one tremendous goal: to find new and creative ways to tell stories of young feminist activism, by young feminist activists themselves. To resource and support creative and revolutionary artivism pouring from struggles all over Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, Asia pacific and Eastern Europe. And we did it!
From dance to poetry, from journalism to documentary filmmakers, we received an incredible amount of applications matched by equally amazing talent. So the young feminist media fellowship team is incredibly proud to announce the first four fellows:
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• How feminists are organizing for abortion rights in Latin America: Jair Bolsonaro’s election as Brazil’s president at the end of October, and the threat of far right extremism it represents, comes on the heels of a reinvigorated fight for abortion rights all across Latin America.
• #LetsTalkConsent: How a young feminist organization is creating a culture of consent in Ghana: By creatively merging theater, dialogue, and activism in Ghana, Drama Queens, a nonprofit feminist organization, is challenging patriarchal norms and ideas and changing the damaging narratives about rape culture and sexuality that are deeply entrenched in many African societies.
• Building Sierra Leone’s next generation of feminists: The next generation of feminists are being nurtured in Sierra Leone, and Moiyattu Banya-Keister, a Sierra Leonean educator and feminist, has created a safe space for this to happen: Girls Empowerment Sierra Leone (GESL).
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• Bleeding to live: Hymen restoration practices in Pakistan and the moral panic around women’s virginity: Pakistan is a country governed by moral values and strict cultural codes, and perhaps no Pakistani citizens are as strictly policed in terms of these values than woman.
• Dalit women’s fight for equality: How truly impactful has the #MeToo and other dominant feminist movements been in India, considering that they frequently leave out the most oppressed group in the country: Dalit women.
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• A look at girl-led activism all over the world: We often think of girls at these ages as the “future,” but doing so denies girls the opportunity to meaningfully discuss their current experiences. Girls are very much a part of the present; they are changing the world right now.
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• Healing my PCOS does not mean conforming to your ideal feminine body: Beyond not feeling represented or seen by my doctors, the persistence of a binary understanding of sex and gender in the medical field has failed to account for the way I, and patients like me, deserve and need to be treated.
• This organization is addressing the dire state of LGBT rights in Nigeria: The legacy of LGBT discrimination in Nigeria is long but has become particularly invective in recent years. The Initiative for Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights Awareness (ISRHRA), a Nigerian LGBT organization first formed in 2015, is working to combat it.