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The Herero and Nama Genocide – It was a genocide, not a ‘conflict’

Disclaimer: My resources are western-orientated. We don’t even own our history. The first time I heard about the Herero and Nama genocide was during my teenage years. WIth my highschool acquaintances and friends, we were at the time engaging in deep conversations regarding many topics, including colonisation. We were puzzled on how so little German colonisation…

The Herero and Nama Genocide – It was a genocide, not a ‘conflict’
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When Students Occupied Schools in Brazil – with Marcela Jesus, a former protester

By POC Stories Copyriths must be respected If you use the writing, video or photo works, make sure to credit it. Writing credits : POC StoriesVideo credits: Eliza CapaiPhoto credits: Carol Quintanilha, Silvia Izquierdo Education is often the subject of multiple reforms and remains a highly fragile right. ‘Your Turn’, a documentary directed by Eliza…

When Students Occupied Schools in Brazil – with Marcela Jesus, a former protester
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Heterosexuality Is Not Natural. What Is Heteronormativity?

Why are we heterosexuals? Do we choose to be heterosexuality or do we need to fit into it? I would rather opt for the second option through heteronormativity. Heteronormativity dictates our lives, socially, economically, culturally. It is sacred as a social norm and we find ourselves bounded by it. Learning heteronormativity from an early age…

Heterosexuality Is Not Natural. What Is Heteronormativity?
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Interracial relationships can be difficult

Interracial relationships can be difficult and we do not vocalize it enough about it. The glorification of interracial couples, the fetishisation of mixed-race babies and children are very problematic and detrimental. On one hand, we set up interracial relationships as a model to be followed, to supposedly eradicate all forms of racism. On the other…

Interracial relationships can be difficult
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Growing up with domestic violence

Support the blog You can donate through Paypal or GoFundme Translation from an article I wrote for a French feminist review, le Roseaux. I am sharing with you an experience that has affected me and had consequences throughout my life: growing up with domestic violence. I grew up hearing my mother being belittled, humiliated, beaten, strangled, threatened with…

Growing up with domestic violence
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WHAT IS BLACK FEMINISM?

Black feminism is still misunderstood, considered as not different from other feminists movements, the equivalent to intersectional feminism or anti-black men. Feminism itself is often seen as monolithic, a cause combining all women's causes. Universal feminism cannot meet the needs of all women. It rejects other realities such as islamophobia, sexism, racism, anti-Semitism, classism and…

WHAT IS BLACK FEMINISM?
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The 11th Berlin Biennale Amplifies Diverse Narratives

The question often arises about the role of art, its necessity, when the public does not always understand it. Is it necessary to have a more socially engaged art, a political art bearing witness to our societies? Art fulfils many functions, is versatile and can not be defined within limited settings.I had the honour of…

The 11th Berlin Biennale Amplifies Diverse Narratives
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Why black women’s pregnancy is risky?

Disclaimer: The purpose of this article is not to hierachise the suffering. Any pregnancy can be risky. The article aims to raise awareness of the situation of pregnant black women. The first time I heard about how black women’s pregnancy and the issues related, was while listening to a podcast, how racial bias in medical…

Why black women’s pregnancy is risky?

5 Asian Female Revolutionaries You Never Heard Of

Revolutions and women are terms not usually used together. We rarely heard of female revolutionaries often come to mind as men, revolted, wielding weapons and devoted body and soul to their cause, until death do them part. After highlighting the role of pioneers of feminism on the Asian continent, the present article is this time…

5 Asian Female Revolutionaries You Never Heard Of
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Who was Khiuaz Dospanova ?

Khiuaz Dospanova is referred to as a "Heroine of Kazakhstan", a prodigious female aviator having fought the fascists during the Second World War. She was born in 1922, in the village of Ganyushkino, located in the southwest of today's Kazakhstan. Her only dream is to become a pilot. With her pilot's license in her pocket,…

Who was Khiuaz Dospanova ?
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I’m tired of your performative allyship

Allyship has been lately, extremely performative. The Black Lives Matter movement, racism, police brutality gained huge attention and interest in the last weeks. Would I see it as genuine interest? Not sure.  Many companies took a stance openly on Black Lives Matter tinged with hypocrisy and self-interest. Most of the online caption of companies are…

I’m tired of your performative allyship
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What does racialization mean?

The killing of George Floyd hit the headlines internationally and brings more ‘visibility’ to topics as police brutality, structural racism, systemic racism. But racialization is much less addressed and remains under the academic loop. However, racialization structures our society and impacts all of us during our lifetime. If you wonder what does racialization mean and…

What does racialization mean?

7 Asian Feminists Pioneers You Should Know

Do you know any Asian descent feminists? Probably activists of our time, but what about the pioneers of feminist movements in Asia? Maria Lorena Barros She is remembered as a charismatic leader, a talented poet and writer, and a feminist icon. Maria Lorena was born on the 24th March of 1948 in Baguio, a Filipino…

7 Asian Feminists Pioneers You Should Know

African Women Activists & Decolonization in the 20th Century

Patrice Lumumba, Thomas Sankara, Haile Selassie, Samory Touré, names of African decolonization's leading figures you might know. We often value the African activists who get involved in their country's liberation. What about African women? The involvement of African women activists in the anti-colonial struggle remains underestimated, less discussed but no less importantly. African women activists…

African Women Activists & Decolonization in the 20th Century