"My mom created an African bubble in the middle of Maryland": Stephanie Kimou (Cote d'Ivoire/USA) - 3/4

"My mom created an African bubble in the middle of Maryland": Stephanie Kimou (Cote d'Ivoire/USA) - 3/4

When Ivorian-American activist Stephanie Kimou told me about her powerful mission to make international development a more inclusive sector for Black women, I wanted to know about the personal journey that led her there.

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“My professional is deeply personal”: Stephanie Kimou (Cote d'Ivoire/USA) - 2/4

“My professional is deeply personal”: Stephanie Kimou (Cote d'Ivoire/USA) - 2/4

Ivorian-American activist Stephanie Kimou tells me about the highs and lows of her early career in the international development sector. She explains what led her to dedicate her career to changing the system she was once a part of.

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"Elevating Black women is the centerpiece of everything I do": Stephanie Kimou (Cote d'Ivoire/USA) - 1/4

"Elevating Black women is the centerpiece of everything I do": Stephanie Kimou (Cote d'Ivoire/USA) - 1/4

I am in conversation with Stephanie Kimou, an American and Ivorian women’s rights activists who is carving out space for Black women to be decision-makers, not just beneficiaries, within the international development sector.

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"If things get out of hand, I'll block your account": Aïchatou Ouattara (Belgium - Senegal - Cote d’Ivoire) - 4/4

"If things get out of hand, I'll block your account": Aïchatou Ouattara (Belgium - Senegal - Cote d’Ivoire) - 4/4

Who better than a blogger to talk to me about the joys and struggles of online feminist activism? Here I speak with Aïchatou Ouattara, founder of Francophone blog Afrofeminista, about her practical tips for surviving the madhouse that is social media.

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"We come from a lineage of powerful African feminists”: Aïchatou Ouattara (Belgium - Senegal - Côte d’Ivoire) - 3/4

"We come from a lineage of powerful African feminists”: Aïchatou Ouattara (Belgium - Senegal - Côte d’Ivoire) - 3/4

Aïchatou, a Belgium-based activist and blogger, calls on Afro-feminists to draw inspiration from the great feminist figures in African history, and not just from American Black feminism.

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"Practicing sisterhood means getting out of my comfort zone": Aïchatou Ouattara (Belgium - Senegal - Côte d’Ivoire) - 2/4

"Practicing sisterhood means getting out of my comfort zone": Aïchatou Ouattara (Belgium - Senegal - Côte d’Ivoire) - 2/4

I’m in conversation with Aïchatou Ouattara, a Brussels-based feminist blogger of Ivorian and Senegalese descent. Here, she tells me what Afro-feminism mean to her, and how she practices feminist sisterhood.

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"I'm done feeling ashamed of who I am" : Aïchatou Ouattara (Belgium - Senegal - Côte d’Ivoire) - 1/4

"I'm done feeling ashamed of who I am" : Aïchatou Ouattara (Belgium - Senegal - Côte d’Ivoire) - 1/4

Aïchatou Ouattara is a Belgian feminist blogger from Senegal and Cote d’Ivoire. She is the brain behind Afrofeminista, one of the most-read Francophone blogs on the lives of African women living in Europe and in Africa. And she’s a joy to speak with!

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"Let’s remember what we bring to the table as African feminists" – Dinah Musindarwezo (Rwanda) – 4/4

"Let’s remember what we bring to the table as African feminists"  – Dinah Musindarwezo (Rwanda) – 4/4

I’m still in conversation with Rwandan activist Dinah Musindarwezo. Here, she brilliantly answers some of the toughest questions I’ve asked myself as a professional. Like, what’s the point of spending so much energy at the African Union or United Nations when African women’s lives are so remote from those spaces?

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"Those are the everyday struggles of feminism" – Dinah Musindarwezo (Rwanda) – 3/4

"Those are the everyday struggles of feminism" – Dinah Musindarwezo (Rwanda) – 3/4

Rwandan women’s rights advocate Dinah Musindarwezo goes personal and opens up about what it means to live a feminist life at home. She tells me about the joys and the challenges of practicing her feminist values in her marriage and as a mother.

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“Every time you challenge patriarchy, you are starting a battle” – Dinah Musindarwezo (Rwanda) – 2/4

“Every time you challenge patriarchy, you are starting a battle” – Dinah Musindarwezo (Rwanda) – 2/4

Rwandan advocate Dinah Musindarwezo shares the story of when she had to paid a high price for standing up to patriarchy. All I wanted to know was: was it worth it in the end? Her answer is inspiring.

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“For us girls, there were no praises, just criticism” – Dinah Musindarwezo (Rwanda) – 1/4

“For us girls, there were no praises, just criticism” – Dinah Musindarwezo (Rwanda) – 1/4

Meet Dinah Musindarwezo, a Rwandan feminist who has dedicated her career to advocating for better policies for African women. In this first part of our conversation, she tells me her feminist journey started when she was a little girl questioning the injustices she would observe at home every day.

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"Violence against women is a social phenomenon, not a series of random cases" - Laila Slassi, co-founder of Masaktach - Morocco (1/4)

"Violence against women is a social phenomenon, not a series of random cases" - Laila Slassi, co-founder of Masaktach - Morocco (1/4)

Moroccan feminist Laila Slassi was sick and tired of the way sexual violence survivors were portrayed in the media. Turning her outrage into action, she co-founded Masaktach to speak out against rape culture in Morocco.

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“As a feminist, I felt judged by the movement I thought I belonged to.” – Rachel-Diane Cusiac-Barr (Cameroon) 1/3

“As a feminist, I felt judged by the movement I thought I belonged to.” – Rachel-Diane Cusiac-Barr (Cameroon) 1/3

Meet Rachel-Diane Cusiac-Barr, a Cameroonian fashion entrepreneur who thinks being a feminist is a no-brainer. In this first part of our conversation, she explains why, to her, feminism is all about choice.

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