We have not and will not all come to feminism in the same way. And yes, there may be folks who have no coherent politics and there are others who are working through their politics – there is no one right way to be feminist. At the end of the day it is up to each of us to determine what we take from what is around us and what we use to inform our practice.
My feminism is inspired by the women that have helped to raise me, the women who I am blessed to call “sister-friends,” the women who have shown me love in many ways. The ones that have told me stories, offered their advice, given me hugs when I needed them (and other times, just because), by the women who make me laugh (and also make me cry). By the everyday rebels who refuse to become disillusioned and who have taught me that in the face of all adversity, you just don’t give up. I am inspired by their energy, action, passion and commitment … and by their Love.
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I believe that feminisms must be such that they allow room to articulate both our interconnectedness and our individual experiences, identities and struggles. I challenge anyone that tries to suggest one can be more/less feminist than another – because I believe feminisms are defined both individually and contextually.
Amina describes herself as an Artivist (an Activist and Artist); her mediums are varied and include photography, painting and writing. She documents African women’s stories through her writing, and memorably delivered a powerful speech to the United Nations General Assembly on the "…Contributions of Women, the Young, and Civil Society to the Post-2015 Development Agenda."
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“It’s so important to have these spaces – we rarely get the opportunity to meet other women as passionate and committed to supporting women organizing around the world,” Doherty said.
These women have inspired contemporary African feminists, who have contributed significantly to feminism in various ways—whether it be through art, music, writing, policy. They have been committed to bringing the voices of African women into the spaces that they work within, and they are indeed change-makers—not only on the African continent, but also throughout the African Diaspora.
Ms. Amina Doherty, a youth activist and Board Member of the Global Fund for Women, with roots in Nigeria and the Caribbean, spoke of the ways in which her generation, equipped with new technologies and bolstered by a global youth culture, is using its resourcefulness to promote positive change.
ga high-level event focuses on the contributions of women, the young and civil society to the post-2015 development agenda
UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service
Amina Doherty of Global Fund for Women and Just Associates, speaking on behalf of the Women’s Major Group, referred to the ninth session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals, expressing disappointment that women’s human rights were completely absent from the proposed focus areas for SDGs: “It would be unthinkable to consider a ‘new’ post-2015 development agenda that does not recognize women’s full human rights and existing commitments,” she urged.
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We have to acknowledge that across the globe women are still poor, still overburdened with work, still physically insecure, still hold very little in the way of political power and influence – and that is precisely why feminism is still relevant and why it is important to keep advocating, keep demanding, and keep pushing the bar. We must be willing to fight for the kind of world we want, both for ourselves and for our communities.