Given the tensions that exist within and around African feminism, I was pleasantly surprised to find (and get to know) three amazing organizations that have found a way to strike a balance between engaging all kinds of women from where they are and empowering women who already identify as feminists to “spread the good word.” Like them on Facebook :)
A Black lesbian organic herbalist and entrepreneur, who specializes in women’s wellness, just started a social venture mass manufacturing her signature organic elixir, HONEY & GOLD, described as a “pleasure and beauty tonic.” Pleasure and beauty tonic? Please sign me up immediately.
I recently visited the Ibhabhathane Community Centre, the only pre-school available in Rieebeck East, a small farm village with a population of about 700 people. Needless to say, providing good quality education (much less early childhood development) is a challenge. But a small group of dedicated women are making a difference.
“It takes a village to raise a child” comes to mind when I reflect on my visit. Inspired by a woman’s wish to build homes for children orphaned by their mothers dying of HIV/AIDS (and who most likely would end up HIV+ themselves), I expected a hospice when I arrived. Instead, I was met with a joyful, vibrant network of community stakeholders — caregivers, social workers, doctors, and a mother who had given up her child but was working at the center to maintain contact while also getting work experience. This is what good advocacy looks like; love.